The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - October 23, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Cameroon – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (Octobre 23-25, 2019)

◢  Germany – Visit by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (Berlin - Octobre 23-24, 2019)

◢  Situation in northeastern Syria

Cameroon – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (Octobre 23-25, 2019)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is visiting Cameroon from October 23 to 25. He will meet with President Paul Biya and the leaders of the political parties represented in Cameroon's parliament, as well as the main facilitators of the major national dialogue which took place from September 30 to October 4, aimed at providing a response to the crisis in the country's English-speaking regions. Jean-Yves Le Drian will urge his interlocutors to maintain the momentum of the dialogue initiated. He will express France's support for the implementation of the conclusions of the major national dialogue, notably with respect to decentralization.

The minister will reaffirm France's support for Cameroon in the fight against terrorism, in particular with respect to the fight against the terrorist group, Boko Haram, which continues to be a threat in the far north of the country. He will meet with representatives of the populations affected by this scourge.

Jean-Yves Le Drian will meet with French and Cameroonian entrepreneurs in Douala to talk about cooperation and economic development projects between our two countries.

Germany – Visit by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (Berlin - Octobre 23-24, 2019)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is visiting Berlin from October 23 to 24.

He will meet with Martin Jäger, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, and Ulrich Nussbaum, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

With Martin Jäger, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will take stock of the implementation of the French-German roadmap for development signed in Paris on July 7 by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Gerd Müller, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development. The minister of state will discuss French-German cooperation in Africa, in the Sahel region, notably within the framework of the Sahel Alliance.

With Ulrich Nussbaum, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will discuss the most pressing issues in international trade, in particular the consequences of the U.S.'s imposition of additional tariffs on the EU following the ruling by the World Trade Organization (WTO).

During his visit to Berlin, Mr. Lemoyne will also meet with the Amis de la Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Déportation.

And he will meet with representatives of the French community, as part of the Great National Debate spearheaded by President Macron.

Situation in northeastern Syria

Do you have any comment on the Russian-Turkish memorandum on the control of border areas and the Kurdish withdrawal in northern Syria?

We took note of the arrangement reached yesterday by Russia and Turkey. Our priority remains the continuation of the current truce and an end to the crisis through diplomatic means. I refer you, on these points, to the latest conversations between President Macron and his Turkish and Russian counterparts, as well as his readiness to hold a meeting between the heads of state and government of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Turkey.

The new truce must be accompanied by progress on three priority goals in the region: continuing the fight against terrorism by Daesh and preserving the results achieved by the Global Coalition, with a view to a ministerial meeting of the Coalition, proposed by us; protecting civilian populations and preventing another humanitarian disaster; and resuming the process to achieve a comprehensive political settlement to the Syria crisis, in line with the demands contained in UN Security Resolution 2254.

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