The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - November 12, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Czech Republic – Meeting between Amélie de Montchalin with Ales Chmelar (Paris - November 12, 2019)

◢  The Netherlands – Meeting between Amélie de Montchalin and Stef Blok (November 12, 2019)

◢  Hungary – Meeting between Amélie de Montchalin and Judit Varga (November 12, 2019)

◢  Iran

◢  Turkey – Terrorist fighters

 
Czech Republic – Meeting between Amélie de Montchalin with Ales Chmelar (Paris - November 12, 2019)

Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, received Ales Chmelar, Czech Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, responsible for European Affairs, on Tuesday, November 12. This meeting falls within the framework of the strategic partnership between France and the Czech Republic, renewed on June 30, 2018, at the Élysée Palace.

The two ministers reaffirmed the shared commitment of Paris and Prague to key forward-looking sectors including innovation, the space industry, nuclear energy, and European defense. This ambitious bilateral cooperation supports the goals of the EU strategic agenda for 2019-2024.

The discussions also focused on the negotiations on the future EU budget, climate and energy challenges and the European prospects of the Western Balkan countries.

The two ministers welcomed the wealth of French-Czech initiatives in support of culture and knowledge, which will be marked in 2020 by the 100th anniversary of the Institut français in Prague and the Czech section in Dijon. Ms. de Montchalin encouraged these initiatives aimed at strengthening European unity based on shared values, such as the project to monitor the teaching of history, spearheaded by the French presidency of the Council of Europe.

Lastly, Ms. de Montchalin reaffirmed France's attachment to dialogue with the Visegrad Group, currently chaired by the Czech Republic.



The Netherlands – Meeting between Amélie de Montchalin and Stef Blok (November 12, 2019)

Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, met with Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok on Tuesday, November 12.

This meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the second edition of the Paris Peace Forum, in which the Dutch minister is taking part, follows on from Jean-Yves le Drian's visit to the Netherlands on November 1. It confirms the close cooperation that characterizes relations between our two countries.



Hungary – Meeting between Amélie de Montchalin and Judit Varga (November 12, 2019)

Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, received Judit Varga, Hungarian Minister of Justice, who is also responsible for European Affairs, on Tuesday, November 12.

The discussions focused on the priorities of the new institutional cycle for the EU and their budgetary implications within the future Multiannual Financial Framework, notably including the common agricultural policy, the cohesion policy, the energy transition and the fight against climate change, the strengthening of European defense, migration challenges and the reform of the Schengen zone.

The two ministers also raised the issue of EU support for stabilization and development in the western Balkans, whose European prospects they reaffirmed. Mme de Montchalin presented France's proposal for reforming the adhesion process.

They also discussed questions related to the rule of law in the context of the proceedings opened under article 7 of the EU Treaty.

Furthermore, the minister underscored the importance of instruments contributing to the consolidation of European unity around common values, such as the Observatoire sur l'Enseignement de l'Histoire project put forward under the French presidency of the Council of Europe.

She affirmed her commitment to a constructive dialogue with Hungary on all topics and to launching new forms of bilateral cooperation aimed at strengthening the EU. She expressed her intention to travel to Budapest in the near future to continue this dialogue.



Iran

Following the E3 statement, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif rejects the fact that you fulfilled your own commitments under the JCPoA and insists that Iran triggered the dispute resolution mechanism to no avail and that it is now using paragraph 36 remedies in response. How do you respond to these remarks?

I refer you to the joint statement by the foreign ministers of France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the European Union high representative.



Turkey – Terrorist fighters

Have the Turkish authorities informed you of their intention to expel 11 French nationals suspected of being jihadists? Under the Cazeneuve protocol, is Paris required to take them back, even if they were arrested in Syria?

In the fight against Daesh that has been under way for several years, France and Turkey have taken care to coordinate closely in cases when French nationals connected with Daesh are found on Turkish territory, under the control of Turkish authorities. This coordination is still in effect. I refer you on this point to the Interior Ministry.

France wishes to continue its close dialogue with Turkey on the situation in northeastern Syria and in the context of the fight against Daesh. Let me remind you that President Macron expressed his willingness in this regard to have a meeting with the heads of state of Germany, the United Kingdom, and Turkey.

The question of Daesh fighters is a key security issue for both France and Turkey. It will be on the agenda of the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh to be held in Washington on November 14.


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