The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - November 8, 2019
In this issue:

◢  European Union – Amélie de Montchalin's participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels - November 11, 2019)

◢  Arms control

◢  Bosnia-Herzegovina

European Union – Amélie de Montchalin's participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels - November 11, 2019)

Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will take part in the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on November 11, during which the following issues will be addressed:

  • Afghanistan: The ministers will review the situation in this country against the backdrop of the Afghan presidential election and the prospect of a resumption of discussions between the Americans and the Taliban. France will reaffirm its support for strengthening the EU's political role in the peace talks.
  • Iran / situation in the Gulf: The ministers will reaffirm the EU's unity with respect to the Iranian issue and their attachment to the JCPOA. This meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss the EU's potential contribution to efforts to de-escalate tensions in the Gulf region.
  • Sudan: The ministers will have a discussion before having an informal meeting with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok. This exchange will provide an opportunity to express the EU's concrete support for the political transition underway in this country.

The ministers will also exchange views on China, including with respect to developments in the situation in Hong Kong, following the high representative's visit on October 24 and the state visit by President Macron. They will also discuss other international issues: Venezuela, a few days after the International Solidarity Conference on the Venezuelan Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Brussels (October 28 and 29); Libya, in order to reaffirm Europe's collective commitment in support of a political solution; Iraq, in the context of the protest movements sweeping the country over the last few weeks; lastly, Turkey, in the wake of the conclusions adopted at the Foreign Affairs Council on October 14.

Arms control

President Donald Trump just announced that the United States wants a major arms control treaty (covering nuclear weapons) with Russia, China and a few other countries. Can you comment on this initiative? Does France support it, and might it be willing to take part in the preparation of this document or documents?

France reiterates its commitment to arms control instruments, which help guarantee strategic stability.

The United States and Russia, which still possess almost 95% of the world's nuclear weapons, bear the largest share of responsibility for preserving existing conventional and nuclear arms control instruments.

France therefore encourages Russia and the United States to extend the New START Treaty on their strategic nuclear arsenals beyond 2021 and to negotiate a successor treaty.


Can you confirm that the ambassador in Sarajevo was summoned today by the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina over President Macron's remarks to The Economist? What is the Quai d'Orsay's position on this?

I can confirm that our ambassador in Sarajevo was invited today to appear at the office of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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