The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - June 27, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Philippines – Visit by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (June 27-28, 2019)

◢  Latvia – Visit by Amélie de Montchalin (Riga - June 27, 2019)

◢  Council of Europe – Election of a new secretary general (June 26, 2019)

◢  Iran

Philippines – Visit by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (June 27-28, 2019)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit the Philippines from June 27 to 28 in order to co-chair, together with Ramon Lopez, Minister of Trade of the Philippines, the 8th Joint Economic Committee. The work will focus on prospects for economic cooperation, notably in the areas of infrastructure, transport, renewable energy and agriculture, and will be enhanced by the attendance of a delegation of companies led by MEDEF International.

The minister of state will also discuss these topics with Ernesto Pernia, Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority.

During his visit, the minister of state will also meet with Teodoro Locsin, Minister of Foreign Affairs, in order to discuss all areas of our bilateral cooperation and to highlight the close attention we pay to the human rights situation. The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss security issues, notably in the maritime field and with respect to the fight against terrorism, as well as the cooperation projects between France and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including in the area of environmental protection. These discussions will be consistent with France's inclusive vision of the Indo-Pacific region, with ASEAN at its center.

The minister of state will meet with French NGOs, which have a strong presence in the Philippines, in order to reaffirm our support for their work.

Latvia – Visit by Amélie de Montchalin (Riga - June 27, 2019)

Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is visiting Riga on June 27.

She will meet with Edgars Rinkevics, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, to discuss the future of the EU, especially the future institutional cycle and the multiannual financial framework, as well as the implementation of the bilateral strategic partnership.

The minister of state will also visit the Latvian Parliament (Saeima) where she will meet successively with the chair of the France-Latvia Friendship Group, Dagmara Beitnere-Le Galla, and the chairperson of Saeima's European Affairs Committee, Vita Anda Terauda.

She will meet with the managers of the important "Rail Baltica" high-speed railway project, which should connect the three Baltic states from 2026.

This year, France will be involved in the celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the liberation of Riga, to which a French-British squadron contributed in 1919.

Council of Europe – Election of a new secretary general (June 26, 2019)

France congratulates Marija Pejčinović Burić on her election as secretary general of the Council of Europe.

Amélie de Montchalin, minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, congratulated her yesterday and wished her the utmost success in her new position at the head of a pan-European organization whose work is more necessary than ever to defending human rights on the continent and bringing Europeans closer together.

France, which will chair the Committee of Ministers until November 27, will be delighted to work closely with the new secretary general on our shared priorities and especially on strengthening the European system of human rights protections.

On September 18, Marija Pejčinović Burić will succeed Thorbjørn Jagland, who has served as secretary general since 2009, and whom France thanks for the work he has accomplished during his two terms and for the excellent relations he has maintained with our country.


What is the subject of the discussions going on in Paris today between U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook and representatives of France, Germany and Great Britain? Is a new line of credit about to be unblocked for Iran? What is the response being considered if Iran does not respect its commitments under the JCPoA?

It is a meeting of high officials, and is one of the regular meetings that take place between E3 partners and the United States.

Iran should surpass the limit of 202.8 kilograms of low-enriched uranium this weekend. Would you consider that an unacceptable breach of the JCPoA with serious consequences?

I refer you to today's remarks by President Macron and to the minister's statements at the National Assembly last Tuesday.

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