The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - June 20, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Global health – Marisol Touraine assumes office as chair of the Executive Board of UNITAID (June 20, 2019)

◢  UN – World Refugee Day (June 20, 2019)

◢  Khashoggi case

Global health – Marisol Touraine assumes office as chair of the Executive Board of UNITAID (June 20, 2019)

France welcomes the appointment today of Marisol Touraine as chair of the Executive Board of UNITAID for a three-year term of office, following her unanimous election by the members of the Executive Board.

Marisol Touraine will bring her extensive experience to UNITAID, notably including her ministerial experience and her commitment to health care.

France, which is a founder country of and leading contributor to UNITAID—having contributed $1.7 billion since 2007—, is committed to supporting this agency which spearheads innovation in global health; it invests in innovations to prevent, diagnose and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria more quickly, affordably and effectively, as well as to improve access to diagnosis and treatment of HIV co-infections. UNITAID therefore conducts recognized action in order to achieve the health-related Sustainable Development Goals, which is one of main priorities of France's development policy.

UNITAID's role is complementary to and critical to the work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; France will host the Global Fund's next Replenishment Conference in Lyon from October 9 to 10, 2019.

UN – World Refugee Day (June 20, 2019)

On this World Refugee Day, France reaffirms its commitment to welcoming, protecting and integrating refugees.

It applauds the commitment and effectiveness of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which provides support, assistance, and protection for more than 24 million refugees and asylum seekers, and which will host the first Global Refugee Forum this December in Geneva.

Khashoggi case

What measures will France take after UN investigators announced they have proof that Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi? The UN is recommending sanctions. France has always said it would wait for the investigation results. Will it impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia?

We learned of the publication of the UN special rapporteur's report on summary and arbitrary extrajudicial killings, which are still under investigation.

From the beginning, France demanded that the facts be clearly established in this extremely serious case, and that all necessary investigations be completed—including those at the international level—and that those responsible be tried and punished. That is why we are closely following the judicial proceedings currently under way.

With regard to sanctions, on November 19 of last year, France adopted measures targeting 18 Saudi nationals suspected of involvement in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2 in Istanbul.

These measures, decided on by the Ministry of the Interior, prevent those individuals from entering French territory and all of the Schengen area. They may be re-examined and expanded based on progress in the investigations under way.

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