The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - August 6, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Libya – Airstrikes on the town of Murzuq (August 4, 2019)

◢  Egypt – Explosion in Cairo (August 4, 2019)

◢  Gulf

Libya – Airstrikes on the town of Murzuq (August 4, 2019)

On August 4, the town of Murzuq was hit by a series of airstrikes that killed dozens of people, including civilians. France reminds all Libyan stakeholders and institutions that they are obligated to protect civilian populations and infrastructures under international humanitarian law. France expresses its solidarity with the families of the victims and those injured.

This situation underscores the urgent need for an immediate de-escalation and an end to the fighting in Libya. France, along with the entire Security Council, supports the call by the UN Secretary-General's special representative, Ghassan Salamé, for a truce for Eid al-Adha, accompanied by trust-building measures—a call he issued during his July 29th speech before the Security Council, and which that body endorsed yesterday. Such a truce must lead to the swift revival of the political process under the auspices of the UN; it must be based on the principles and rules agreed to at the Paris, Palermo, and Abu Dhabi conferences.

Egypt – Explosion in Cairo (August 4, 2019)

The explosion of a car bomb in Cairo on August 4 killed 20 people and injured many others.

France offers its condolences to the victims' families and wishes those injured a speedy recovery.

It reaffirms its full commitment to standing alongside Egypt in the fight against terrorism.


Do you have any comment on England's decision to join the U.S. maritime security mission in the Gulf? Might France follow its allies in this mission?

France takes note of the British decision to join the international maritime security mission launched by the United States to protect its security interests in the immediate term.

It emphasizes that the freedom of navigation in the Gulf is crucial to regional security and world peace and calls on the Iranian authorities to promptly release the British vessel Stena Impero and its crew.

At the same time, we are continuing our discussions with our European partners, including the British, to find concrete, diplomatic, operational solutions to avoid escalation in the region and strengthen security conditions in the Gulf.

Politically, this will come about through our efforts to de-escalate tensions and bring Iran back into full compliance with its obligations under the Vienna agreement; diplomatically, through our discussions with our European partners, and in conjunction with our regional partners, to lay the groundwork for an inclusive regional dialogue on maritime security; and operationally, through our willingness to continue working on a European initiative to increase our knowledge of the maritime situation and facilitate the safe passage of ships in the region, using the appropriate means.

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