The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - August 5, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Sudan

◢  Ukraine

◢  Malaysia – Disappearance of a French national


France welcomes the conclusion of a comprehensive agreement on the transition between the Transitional Military Council and the Sudanese opposition on August 2.

It commends the spirit of compromise demonstrated by the two parties, as well as the African Union's mediation efforts, which led to the initialing of this agreement which sets out a clear time frame for the establishment, in the coming weeks, of a civilian-led government, a sovereign council and a parliament.

France urges the parties to implement this agreement in good faith, within the set time frame, in order to respect the will of the Sudanese people. It reaffirms its readiness to support this transition alongside Sudan's partners.


According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the meeting involving the representatives of the foreign ministers of the Normandy format countries will take place in France at the end of August. Can you confirm this statement?
Mr. Zelensky suggested that the meeting of the Normandy format presidents would take place afterwards in September. Is France ready to take part in the meeting?

The situation in eastern Ukraine is a matter of ongoing concern for the French authorities. The next Normandy format meetings will be announced in due course.

Malaysia – Disappearance of a French national

Has the case involving the disappearance of 15-year-old French-Irish girl Nora Quoirin in Malaysia been referred to the Quai d'Orsay
The matter was reported by the BBC:

We were informed on Sunday, August 4, of the disappearance of a French national in Malaysia, approximately 70 km from Kuala Lumpur, during the previous night. The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs' Crisis and Support Center, as well as the French Embassy and Consulate in Kuala Lumpur, took immediate steps to assist her family at the scene.

The ambassador in Kuala Lumpur contacted the Malaysian authorities and the police, who have mobilized a significant number of personnel in order to search for her. The French consul traveled to the area to lend her support to the family and coordinate with the local authorities.

We remain committed to doing everything possible to help find our compatriot.

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