The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - December 27, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Situation of Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal – Summoning of Iranian ambassador (December 27, 2019)

◢  Lebanon

◢  G7

 
Situation of Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal – Summoning of Iranian ambassador (December 27, 2019)

The ambassador of Iran was summoned to the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs yesterday by the deputy secretary general. He was reminded of France's demand that our compatriots Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal be promptly released and that the Iranian authorities demonstrate total transparency on their situation. As President Macron and the foreign minister have repeatedly emphasized, their imprisonment is unacceptable.

The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs stressed our extreme concern to the Iranian ambassador over the situation of Fariba Adelkhah, who has stopped eating, and reiterated our demand for consular access, thus far refused.

France continues to follow the situation of our two compatriots with the utmost attention, in close contact with their loved ones. The French authorities will continue to act with determination to obtain their release.



Lebanon

Lebanon is experiencing a political crisis with very serious repercussions that threaten to bring down the banking system. Many French nationals and dual citizens (and French companies) are uncertain as to their deposits and/or investments. You are being asked to communicate information on this case and to say if an agreement exists between France and Lebanon that guarantees the investments and deposits of French nationals (and/or dual citizens).

As we told you on December 19, the International Support Group for Lebanon, which met in Paris on December 11, underscored the need and the urgency for a new government to implement a credible reform package, especially in the economic arena. That is the way to meet the expectations expressed by the Lebanese since October 17.

What is France's view on the likelihood that the government in Lebanon may have a cabinet supported by Hezbollah and its allies? Would Western countries, including France, still be prepared to assist Lebanon—including financially—if it were led by a prime minister and a government supported by Hezbollah and its allies?

It is not up to us to comment on the future Lebanese government. That is up to the Lebanese. What we are calling for is an effective government that swiftly takes the necessary decisions to respond to the demands of the Lebanese people.

The International Support Group for Lebanon, which met in Paris on December 11, emphasized the need to swiftly form a new government in order to implement the necessary reforms, especially those of an economic nature, to confront the challenges facing the country. The International Support Group also reiterated the international community's willingness to support Lebanon as it moves in this direction.



G7

Sergey Lavrov, the minister of foreign affairs of the Russian Federation, said that Russia is not seeking to return to the G8. According to him, during a meeting with Mr. Trump in Washington, this issue was not discussed. Yet Russia is prepared to host a G7 meeting in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi or Yalta. Can France accept this Russian proposal?

Traditionally, the country holding the G7 presidency hosts the group's meetings. In this case, the proposal you refer to does not currently apply.


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