The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - June 4, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Vietnam – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and the Communist Party of Vietnam external relations chairman (Paris - June 4, 2019)

◢  Sudan (June 4, 2019)

◢  China

Vietnam – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and the Communist Party of Vietnam external relations chairman (Paris - June 4, 2019)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will receive Communist Party of Vietnam External Relations Chairman Hoang Binh Quan today. This meeting follows the visit by Nguyen Phu Trong, Secretary General of the Communist Party of Vietnam, to France in March 2018, and the visit by the Vietnamese prime minister in November for the celebrations to mark the 45th anniversary of our diplomatic relations and the fifth anniversary of the strategic partnership between France and Vietnam.

The minister of state will reaffirm our desire to strengthen our partnership in the economic and trade spheres, notably in the aerospace and airport infrastructure sector, as well as in the rail and urban transport sector.

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will discuss with his interlocutor our projects in the areas of education, culture, health and the environment. He will underscore the success of the French-Vietnamese conferences on decentralized cooperation in April.

Sudan (June 4, 2019)

Following the violence in recent days in Khartoum which resulted in several dozen casualties—which we condemned—, the Transitional Military Council has announced its unilateral decision to cease upholding the agreements concluded with the opposition.

France expresses its deep concern with respect to this decision and reaffirms its attachment to ensuring that there is broad consensus among the Sudanese population on the transition. France reminds the Transitional Military Council that the security of all Sudanese people is its primary responsibility.

All parties must resume dialogue and refrain from any form of violence so that a peaceful transition can be successfully completed in the interests of the Sudanese people.


Thirty years after Tienanmen, many of our European partners have spoken out to condemn those events. What is France's position?

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, paid tribute to the victims, 30 years after the events of June 4, 1989, who died during those peaceful demonstrations.

France naturally endorses that statement. It expresses its dedication to continuing constructive discussions with China, especially as part of the EU-China dialogue on human rights, on the international commitments China has agreed to since that time.

France will continue to defend and promote the universal values of human rights and fundamental liberties worldwide, including the freedom of assembly, of opinion, and of association.

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