The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - June 12, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Nigeria – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (June 12, 2019)

◢  Saudi Arabia – Attack on Abha Airport (June 12, 2019)

Nigeria – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (June 12, 2019)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is visiting Nigeria today to attend the celebrations to mark Democracy Day, at the invitation of Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on the occasion of his inauguration.

The minister's presence at this ceremony reflects the importance of our partnership with Nigeria, at the political level as well as in the security, economic and cultural fields. France supports Nigeria's priorities with respect to the fight against terrorism and corruption. It is committed to Nigeria's economic development, which is reflected by the bilateral assistance provided by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the French-Nigerian Investment Club created during President Macron's visit to Nigeria in July 2018. The opening of the new Alliance Française in Lagos last month represents further progress in strengthening our cultural cooperation.

Saudi Arabia – Attack on Abha Airport (June 12, 2019)

France condemns this morning's attack, which targeted Abha Airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia. The Houthis claimed credit for this attack, which injured more than 20 civilians, including children. France expresses its solidarity with Saudi Arabia in the face of these attacks on the security of its territory and its people. These attacks must stop.

France calls on all the parties to refrain from any escalation liable to further destabilize the region. It again underscores the urgent need to end the conflict in Yemen, the only way to do so being a negotiated political solution. It actively supports the mediation effort led by UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, and asks all the parties to work with him constructively to implement all the commitments agreed to in Stockholm in December 2018.

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