The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - July 8, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Saudi Arabia

◢  Holy See

Saudi Arabia

The Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnès Callamard said that the G20 in Riyadh should be moved elsewhere following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Do you agree with that?

France's position regarding the Khashoggi affair is well known. We demanded that the facts be clearly established in this very serious case, that all necessary investigations be completed—including with a possible international dimension—and that the perpetrators of this crime be prosecuted and punished.

For the record, the Saudi presidency of the G20 was decided upon at the summit in Hamburg in 2017 and confirmed at the most recent meeting of this international forum in Osaka.

Holy See

Could you tell us if the Secretariat of State has responded to the request to waive the diplomatic immunity of Archbishop Ventura? Has the response already been forwarded to the French government, i.e. the lifting of immunity?

The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, which forwarded the Paris public prosecutor's request for the immunity of the apostolic nuncio to France to be waived, has received confirmation from the Holy See that it will waive immunity for the envisaged proceedings.

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