The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - April 28, 2020
In this issue:

◢  Luxembourg – Phone conversation between Amélie de Montchalin and Luxembourg's minister for family affairs, integration and the greater region (April 28, 2020)

◢  Ukraine – Normandy format

◢  Libya

Luxembourg – Phone conversation between Amélie de Montchalin and Luxembourg's minister for family affairs, integration and the greater region (April 28, 2020)

Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, spoke today by phone with Corinne Cahen, Luxembourg's Minister for Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region.

This telephone call provided an opportunity for the minister of state to thank Luxembourg for receiving Covid-19 patients for care in its hospitals and to mention the excellent results of the cooperation between France and the Grand Duchy at the height of the health crisis, notably with respect to the free movement and rights of cross-border workers. The telephone call also provided an opportunity to discuss the gradual easing of lockdown measures, notably in order to coordinate strategies for our common border and to take into consideration the reciprocal human, social and economic interdependences in this shared population center. The two ministers reached an agreement on the holding of a future bilateral coordination meeting in order to prevent any difficulties that may arise as a result of the epidemic.

Ukraine – Normandy format

According to Ukraine's foreign minister, a meeting of the foreign ministers in the Normandy format is scheduled to take place via video conference on April 30. Can you confirm this information?

An announcement regarding the meeting will be made in due course by the host country.


What is your response to the announcement by General Haftar in Libya that he is withdrawing from the political agreement that led to the formation of the Libyan government and declaring that the army will take control, while promising to continue the offensive against Tripoli?

The only way to resolve the Libyan conflict is through dialogue between the parties under UN auspices, not through unilateral decisions. There is no alternative to an inclusive political solution, within the framework of the conclusions of the Berlin conference.

In the short term, the priority is to put an end to the fighting in Libya, in the context of the current health crisis. France reiterates its call, made together with its European partners and in cooperation with the UN, for a humanitarian truce during the month of Ramadan.

We reaffirm our support for the efforts of the UN secretary-general, and hope that his new special representative for Libya will be swiftly appointed in order to facilitate the resumption of dialogue between the parties.

France reaffirms its attachment to Libya's sovereignty, unity and stability, and to respect for the arms embargo in the country.

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