The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - August 20, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Pakistan – Telephone conversation between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Pakistani counterpart, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi (August 20, 2019)

◢  Burkina Faso – Attack against the Burkina Faso forces (August 19, 2019)

◢  UK

◢  INF Treaty

◢  Iran

◢  Iran – Grace I oil tanker

 
Pakistan – Telephone conversation between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Pakistani counterpart, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi (August 20, 2019)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, spoke by telephone with his Pakistani counterpart, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi on Tuesday, August 20.

The ministers discussed the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Jean-Yves le Drian reaffirmed France's unwavering position regarding Kashmir: It is the responsibility of both countries, within the framework of their bilateral political dialogue, to resolve this dispute in order to achieve lasting peace.

France calls on the parties to exercise restraint, de-escalate the situation and diffuse tensions. They must refrain from any action that could exacerbate tensions.



Burkina Faso – Attack against the Burkina Faso forces (August 19, 2019)

France utterly condemns the attack carried out yesterday against the detachment of the Burkina Faso forces in Koutougou in Soum province, which left a large number of people dead and injured.

It extends its condolences to the families of the soldiers who died and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

France is active in the Sahel and stands alongside the Burkina Faso authorities in order to support them, at their request, in the fight against terrorism.



UK

What's your reaction to the British Prime Minister's letter to Donald Tusk proposing a solution to replace the backstop?

We took note of yesterday's letter from the British Prime Minister which formalizes announcements made since he took office on the subject of the backstop. We will study the content of this letter with our European partners and European institutions, while noting that the proposals it contains were already formulated and discussed by the negotiators.



INF Treaty

The U.S. announced on August 19 that it had tested a ground-based cruise missile banned by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Does Paris have any comment?

Our position on the end of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty is well known. I refer you to my statement of August 2.



Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said yesterday that he will be in Paris on Friday for a meeting with President Macron and his counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian. Can you confirm that meeting?

No comment.



Iran – Grace I oil tanker

Do you have any response to Gibraltar's decision to release the Grace I tanker the day before yesterday?

Gibraltar's Supreme Court authorized the departure of the Grace I tanker after Iranian authorities pledged not to deliver the vessel's cargo to the Syrian regime. France intends to ensure that the Iranian authorities live up to their commitment. It calls for a de-escalation of tensions in the Gulf.



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