The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - December 9, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Hungary – Visit by Amélie de Montchalin to Budapest (December 9, 2019)

◢  Lebanon – Working meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon (Paris - December 11, 2019)

◢  Turkey – Terrorist fighters

Hungary – Visit by Amélie de Montchalin to Budapest (December 9, 2019)

Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is visiting Budapest today. This visit follows on from the meeting between President Macron and the Hungarian prime minister on October 11, 2019, as well as the meeting of the state secretaries for European affairs of the Visegrad Group (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia) and France which took place in Prague on November 28.

The minister of state will meet with Judit Varga, Hungarian Minister for Justice, also responsible for European Affairs, as well as with Levente Magyar, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Government Commissioner for Francophonie. Their discussions will focus on issues included on the agenda of the Foreign Affairs Council of December 10 and the European Council from December 12 to 13, notably the next European multiannual financial framework, the EU strategy for achieving carbon neutrality, the reform of the enlargement process and the conference on the future of Europe. Issues relating to the rule of law will also be addressed.

The minister of state will also meet with President and Rector of the Central European University Michael Ignatieff, before talking with the students.

Lebanon – Working meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon (Paris - December 11, 2019)

The minister for Europe and foreign affairs will host a working meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon, co-chaired by France and the UN, on December 11.

This meeting should allow the international community to call for the swift formation of an effective and credible government that will take the decisions needed to ensure economic recovery and respond to the aspirations expressed by the Lebanese people. The necessary conditions and the much-need anticipated reforms on the part of the Lebanese government must be clarified in order for the international community to be able to lend its support to Lebanon.

In the context of the challenging environment facing the country, France stands alongside Lebanon and the Lebanese people, in order to guarantee the country's stability and security, which is critical for the region.

Turkey – Terrorist fighters

Following Turkey's statement on the expulsion of 11 French members of the Islamic State group, what are the next steps for this group of individuals? How many men, women, and children are there? What information has the Turkish government conveyed on their cases, and how? How many French Daesh members has Turkey expelled this year?

As you know, it is not customary for us to comment on possible returns from Turkey.

These repatriations are coordinated by Turkey and France under the Cazeneuve Protocol.

With regard to the implementation of that mechanism, we therefore refer you to the Ministry of the Interior.

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