The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - December 5, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Czech Republic – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian to Prague (December 6, 2019)

◢  OSCE – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's participation in the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Bratislava - December 5, 2019)

◢  Afghanistan – Attack on humanitarian workers (December 4, 2019)

◢  Iran

 
Czech Republic – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian to Prague (December 6, 2019)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Prague on December 6, 2019.

The minister will deliver a speech on the legacy of 1989 in Europe and on the challenges of European sovereignty and security today, within the framework of an international symposium on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain organized by the French Research Center in Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague, the Czech Academy of Science and the ERC TARICA research project supported by the EU Horizon 2020 program on sociopolitical changes in North Africa.

30 years after the Velvet Revolution, Jean-Yves Le Drian will meet with former dissidents and signatories of Charter 77, in order to pay tribute to their commitment to democracy and freedoms.

He will meet with his Czech counterpart, Tomas Petricek. In the context of our close and dynamic bilateral relations, the discussions will focus on the major current European and international issues on which our countries closely collaborate, notably the joint contributions to the security and stability of the Sahel.



OSCE – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's participation in the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Bratislava - December 5, 2019)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is taking part in the 26th Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) today in Bratislava, Slovakia.

In the face of European security challenges, the minister of state will underscore the importance that France attaches to the OSCE, which brings together 57 participating states and is the only forum for dialogue that stretches from Vancouver to Vladivostok. He will underscore the relevance of the principles adopted in 1975 in Helsinki and in 1990 in the Charter of Paris, notably the comprehensive and participatory concept of security embodied by this organization, from a military as well as economic, environmental and human perspective.

He will have bilateral discussions with the Belgian, Montenegro and Swiss foreign ministers, as well as with the head of the delegation of the future Albanian presidency of the OSCE.

During this visit to Bratislava, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will meet with the French business community in Slovakia.



Afghanistan – Attack on humanitarian workers (December 4, 2019)

France utterly condemns the attack on humanitarian workers in Jalalabad yesterday, in which Dr. Tetsu Nakamura, the founder and head of the NGO Peace Medical Services, was killed along with five Afghans.

It offers its condolences to the victims' families and loved ones, and to the Japanese and Afghan authorities.

It emphasizes the imperative need to protect humanitarian and health personnel.



Iran

Why did France, the United Kingdom and Germany decide to send another letter to the UN Secretary-General asking for another report on the Iranian ballistic missile program?

We have repeatedly expressed our strong concern over Iran's ballistic missile activities, which are not in compliance with its obligations under UN Security Council resolution 2231 and represent a threat to regional and international security.

As UN member states do regularly, France, the United Kingdom and Germany conveyed to the UN Secretary-General their information and analyses on ballistic activities in Iran that are not in compliance with resolution 2231.The UN Secretary-General's biannual report on the implementation of this resolution is to be published this month.

We urge Iran to comply with all of its obligations.


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