The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - February 20, 2020
In this issue:

◢  Italy – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and his Italian counterpart (Paris - February 20, 2020)

◢  Turkey – Detention of Osman Kavala (February 19, 2020)

Italy – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and his Italian counterpart (Paris - February 20, 2020)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, received Ivan Scalfarotto, Italian Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, today.

This first meeting provided an opportunity to discuss current trade policy challenges as well as bilateral economic relations.

The minister of state and his counterpart notably discussed EU trade relations with the United States and China, the reform of the WTO in the run-up to the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in June in Nur-Sultan, as well as the implementation and strengthening of the instruments to protect the EU's international trade interests.

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and Ivan Scalfarotto also discussed the inclusion of the challenges of sustainable development in European trade policy, in the context of the Green Deal presented by the European Commission on December 11.

Turkey – Detention of Osman Kavala (February 19, 2020)

France is deeply concerned following the decision on February 19 to detain Osman Kavala once again. Osman Kavala's acquittal on February 18 in the Gezi Park trial was a positive outcome, in accordance with the judgment delivered by the European Court of Human Rights on December 10, 2019.

France calls on Turkey to comply with its international commitments, notably the Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. It will continue to closely monitor the trials conducted against all civil society representatives and human rights defenders in Turkey, especially that of Taner Kiliç and his co-defendants.

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