The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - April 29, 2020
In this issue:

◢  Establishment of the International Coalition for the Sahel (April 28, 2020)

◢  OECD – Colombia's accession (April 28, 2020)

◢  Iran

 
Establishment of the International Coalition for the Sahel (April 28, 2020)

Just over three months after the Pau summit, France welcomes yesterday's establishment of the International Coalition for the Sahel at the videoconference attended by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and the heads of state of the G5 Sahel, in the presence of the UN Deputy Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

France intends to continue the efforts it has made with the European Union and its Sahel partners to expand the Coalition to other international partners.

The videoconference held the day before yesterday between the Minister and the Minister for the Armed Forces and their counterparts from the G5 Sahel, the executive secretary of the G5 Sahel, and the commander of the G5 Sahel Joint Force, focused on the encouraging progress being made in implementing common commitments on political issues, security, development, and the restoration of public services in the various regions, especially the tri-border area.



OECD – Colombia's accession (April 28, 2020)

France, depositary of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), received Colombia's instrument of accession yesterday; Colombia therefore becomes the 37th member of the OECD.

France is delighted to be able to count on Colombia as a new partner within the organization. We share the same goals: promoting public policies that foster prosperity, equal opportunities, and the well-being of all, by drawing on the shared experience of its members and key partners. The context of the Covid-19 pandemic and its economic and social consequences will make this international cooperation all the more necessary. The common values shared with Colombia, notably with respect to environmental protection and the promotion of multilateralism, can only serve to strengthen collaboration between our two countries within this forum.



Iran

What is France's position on the end of the embargo on the sale of conventional weapons to Iran in 2020, enshrined in the JCPoA? Will France ask for an extension of that embargo?

France is deeply committed to respecting the Vienna Agreement and UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

This October's lifting of the UN arms embargo established by Resolution 2231 could have major implications for regional security and stability.

The EU embargo will remain in effect according to the terms of the Vienna Agreement beyond 2020 and until October 2023, as will the UN embargo on ballistic technologies and equipment.

France intends to work closely on this issue with its E3 partners, its partners in the Vienna Agreement, and the Security Council. It remains fully committed to creating the conditions for a de-escalation of tensions in the region.



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