The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - September 18, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Luxembourg – Meeting between Amélie de Montchalin and Jean Asselborn (September 18, 2019)

◢  Central African Republic – Clashes in Birao (September 14, 2019)

◢  Saudi Arabia – Attacks

Luxembourg – Meeting between Amélie de Montchalin and Jean Asselborn (September 18, 2019)

Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will meet with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn on September 18.

This meeting, which is taking place following the meetings between Luxembourg's prime minister and President Macron and the French prime minister, follows on from the Grand Ducal couple's visit to France and the holding of a France-Luxembourg seminar in 2018. It confirms the special relationship between France and Luxembourg which has allowed further progress to be achieved for the border populations. This is notably reflected by the new tax treaties concluded between our two countries which will simplify the lives of many cross-border workers, while making it possible to combat tax evasion more effectively, and by our shared commitment to providing funding on an equal basis—amounting to €240 million—for certain infrastructure needed in the Lorraine basin.

The minister of state will express France's support for the strengthening of bilateral and cross-border cooperation with Luxembourg in order to promote the balanced development of our regions.

Amélie de Montchalin will also express France's determination to pursue constructive dialogue with Luxembourg on major European issues, whether with respect to the fight against climate disruption, the resources provided to the EU or the reform of the Schengen Area.

Central African Republic – Clashes in Birao (September 14, 2019)

Clashes between two armed groups, the Popular Front for the Renaissance of the Central African Republic (FPRC) and the Movement of Central African Liberators for Justice (MLCJ), left several dozen dead and many injured, including a MINUSCA soldier, on September 14 in Birao, a town in the northern Central African Republic.

France condemns these clashes in the strongest possible terms; they are a clear violation of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in the Central African Republic signed on February 6. It calls on all the parties to abide by the agreement and to end the violence.

France reiterates its support for the Central African authorities in the implementation of this agreement with the backing of MINUSCA and the European Union Training Mission in Central African Republic (EUTM RCA).

Saudi Arabia – Attacks

Have your American and Saudi allies shared with you the information they gathered following the attacks on the oil facilities in Saudi Arabia? Do you believe that information is credible?

We refer you to the communiqué from the President's Office regarding the telephone conversation between President Macron and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

As you know, the Saudi authorities proposed that international experts and the UN take part in investigations to determine the origin and means of the attacks on September 14. President Macron confirmed that French experts would be sent to Saudi Arabia in response to this request.

As the minister said yesterday in Cairo, we share the desire to carefully establish the facts prior to any response.

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