The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - December 4, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Iraq – Telephone conversation between Jean-Yves Le Drian and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of UNAMI (December 3, 2019)

◢  Columbia – Death of a French national

 
Iraq – Telephone conversation between Jean-Yves Le Drian and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of UNAMI (December 3, 2019)

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke by phone yesterday with Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, UN Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

He reiterated France's full support for the Special Representative's efforts and those of UNAMI, particularly to facilitate an end to the current crisis in Iraq through an inclusive democratic dialogue, which we urge all the parties to engage in.

With Iraq going through a period that is decisive for its democratic future, the minister reaffirmed our condemnation of the excessive and disproportionate use of force against demonstrators and our appeal to Iraqi authorities to take strong, swift measures in response to the urgency of the situation.

The minister noted that France would continue to mobilize support for resolving the crisis, especially within the Security Council.

France, which stood side by side with the Iraqis in the fight against Daesh, will continue to support them as they deal with the challenges their country is currently facing.



Columbia – Death of a French national

What is known about the murder of a Thales employee on the streets of Bogotá? Who was he? Is France involved in the investigation?

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our fellow citizens in Bogotá the day before yesterday in circumstances that remain murky. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.

The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is in touch with someone close to the family and with the victim's employer. The Embassy is working with local authorities and local representatives of the employer.


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