The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - July 26, 2019
In this issue:

◢  North Korea – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs spokesperson (July 25, 2019)

◢  Equatorial Guinea – Visit by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (July 27-28, 2019)

◢  Nigeria

 
North Korea – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs spokesperson (July 25, 2019)

On July 24, North Korea conducted further ballistic missile launches, following those in May.

France reaffirms its condemnation of such launches, which undermine regional and international security and stability. It calls on North Korea to abide by Security Council resolutions demanding that it refrain from all provocation and all missile launches using ballistic technology and cease all activity linked to a ballistic missile program.

France calls on North Korea to resume dialogue with the United States on denuclearization as quickly as possible and embark swiftly on a process of complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of its programs of weapons of mass destruction, ballistic missiles of all ranges and associated programs. This is the precondition for lasting peace in the region.



Equatorial Guinea – Visit by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (July 27-28, 2019)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State, attached to Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, will visit Equatorial Guinea on July 27-28. He will join President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in inaugurating the regional Naval Academy in Tica. Each year this school will train about 100 naval and other officers from some 15 African countries.

The regional Naval Academy in Tica is an example of the successful cooperation that exists between France and Equatorial Guinea. It is part of the "architecture for maritime security and safety in the Gulf of Guinea" decided on by the region's heads of state in 2013 to deal with the illegal conduct affecting that maritime area.

During this visit, the minister will be hosted by the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. He will also meet with Simeón Oyono Esono Angüe, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.



Nigeria

Do you have any comment on the kidnapping of a team from Action against Hunger in Nigeria?

France condemns the kidnapping in Nigeria of a team from the NGO Action against Hunger (ACF). We join with ACF in calling for the immediate release of its team.

France expresses its total solidarity with the kidnapping victims and their families, as well as with the Nigerian authorities.


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