The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - January 6, 2020
In this issue:

◢  Kenya – attack on Kenyan-American base at Manda Bay (January 5, 2020)

◢  UN – Entry of new Security Council members

◢  Iraq

◢  Libya

Kenya – attack on Kenyan-American base at Manda Bay (January 5, 2020)

France condemns the January 5th terrorist attack by al-Shabaab against the Manda Bay military base used by Kenyan and American forces in Kenya's Lamu County. Three American citizens were killed in this attack and several others were wounded. France expresses its solidarity with the victims, their families, and those injured.

France reaffirms its determination to maintain its commitment to Kenya and its African and international partners in the fight against terrorism and for peace and stability in the Horn of Africa.

UN – Entry of new Security Council members

France congratulates Estonia, Niger, Saint-Vincent-and-the-Grenadines, Tunisia, and Vietnam, which began their two-year terms as members of the UN Security Council on January 1.

France will be delighted to work closely with each of these countries on all the topics dealt with by this body, whose principal responsibility under the UN Charter is international peace and security.

On this occasion, France hails the work achieved by Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru, and Poland, which served as members of the Security Council during the 2018-2019 term.


Will France maintain its military presence in Iraq and will it continue to train elite Iraqi units in the current circumstances?

As President Macron emphasized yesterday, along with the German Chancellor and British Prime Minister, we are committed to Iraq's sovereignty and security and reaffirm our comment to continuing our fight against Daesh, which remains a priority. To that end, preserving the Coalition is crucial. We call on the Iraqi authorities to continue providing them with all necessary support.

As for the terms of our military presence, I refer you to the Ministry for the Armed Forces.


What is your response to the attack on a military school in Tripoli on Saturday? Do you think Russia and the United Arab Emirates are involved in the foreign military interference in Libya?

France is concerned by the risk of escalation connected with the upsurge in foreign military interference in Libya and the toll of the latest bombing campaigns in Libya.

France reiterates the need to strengthen international consensus at the Berlin conference in order to establish a ceasefire and make it possible to resume inter-Libyan dialogue. France fully supports the resumption of a political process involving all stakeholders under the auspices of the UN that abides by the principles agreed upon in Paris, Palermo, and Abu Dhabi, with a view to restoring Libya's full sovereignty.

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