The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - September 30, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Afghanistan – Presidential election (September 28, 2019)

◢  Egypt

◢  Libya

 
Afghanistan – Presidential election (September 28, 2019)

The first round of the presidential election in Afghanistan was held on September 28.

The efforts made by the Afghan government to hold these elections should be emphasized, at a time when the security situation remains in a deteriorated state.

We applaud the courage and determination of voters who braved the threats of terrorist groups to participate in the election. We congratulate the Afghan security forces who made it possible to hold the election despite attacks and the climate of threats. We strongly condemn the attacks that killed several civilians and a number of police officers that day.

It is up to the appropriate commissions to proclaim the results. We will be closely following the rest of the electoral process and call on all the parties to commit to election transparency and to accept the results.



Egypt

More than 2,200 people were arrested in Egypt in the space of a week following small demonstrations against President el-Sisi. Among them was the activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, who neither demonstrated nor called for demonstrations. Several observers believe that this crackdown is creating a situation of instability. Insofar as France values Egypt's stability, do you condemn this massive crackdown?

France is closely monitoring the situation in Egypt. It maintains a frank and demanding dialogue with the Egyptian authorities on human rights and, in this regard, expresses its commitment to respect for the freedom of expression and the right to demonstrate peacefully.

France values Egypt's stability, which is crucial to the region.



Libya

Do you have a date for the Berlin conference on Libya? What position and message will France bring to Berlin?

A meeting co-chaired by the French and Italian foreign ministers on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on September 26 in New York brought together the UN secretary-general and his special representative for Libya; the foreign ministers of Germany, Turkey, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates; American, British, Chinese and Russian representatives as well as EU High Representative Federica Mogherini; the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki; and the secretary-general of the Arab League.

This meeting helped strengthen the international consensus on ending the crisis in Libya. There is no military solution in Libya. That is why France is calling for a ceasefire and a return to the political process, under the auspices of the UN and on the basis of the parameters agreed to by the Libyans at the Paris and Palermo conferences and at the Abu Dhabi meeting, to pave the way for elections. They include the reunification of Libyan institutions and the economic and security reforms that are crucial to stabilizing the country.

The New York meeting allowed the international community and regional actors to express their unity and their determination to support the UN mediation effort conducted by the UN secretary-general's special representative, Ghassan Salamé.

It contributed to the international community's efforts on behalf of Libya, particularly ahead of an international conference that Germany offered to host in Berlin this fall. It also bolsters the central role of the African Union, which together with the UN will co-host an inter-Libyan conference, as part of the special representative's plan, which received the G7's support at the Biarritz summit.


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