The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - January 23, 2020
In this issue:

◢  Development – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's participation in the National Council for Development and International Solidarity (Paris - January 23, 2020)

◢  Lebanon – Formation of a new government (January 23, 2020)

 
Development – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's participation in the National Council for Development and International Solidarity (Paris - January 23, 2020)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, took part in a plenary session of the National Council for Development and International Solidarity (CNDSI), a special forum for consultation with non-state actors on the guidelines, coherence and means of French development policy.

Progress on the draft programming bill on development and the fight against inequalities, the drafting of which involved the CNDSI, and which will be submitted to the Council of Ministers in the first quarter of 2020.

The CNDSI also took stock of the French presidency of the G7 and discussed preparations for the Africa-France Summit due to take place in Bordeaux from June 4 to 6, 2020, which will focus on the theme of sustainable cities and innovation.



Lebanon – Formation of a new government (January 23, 2020)

A new Lebanese government has been formed; its primary role will be to respond to the economic, social and political expectations expressed by the Lebanese people since October 17 and to address the major crisis affecting Lebanon.

The difficult situation in Lebanon requires its new government to take, as a matter of priority, the necessary measures to restore trust. As the Lebanon's partners underscored during the meeting of the International Support Group (ISG) in Paris on December 11, 2019, far-reaching and ambitious reforms will be necessary, notably with respect to transparency in the economy, economic and financial sustainability, the fight against corruption and the independence of the judiciary. In order to be effective, this government must ensure the commitment of all stakeholders concerned and work in a spirit of responsibility. The time has come for all Lebanese leaders to take collective action in the general interest of all Lebanese people.

On this basis, France stands ready to support the Lebanese authorities in their efforts to implement the necessary reforms and will make every effort to help Lebanon resolve its crisis. It reaffirms its attachment to the sovereignty, stability and security of Lebanon, which must be disassociated from the ongoing crises in a context of strong regional tensions. France—as it always has done—stands alongside the Lebanese people.


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