The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - May 13, 2020
In this issue:

◢  Venezuela (May 13, 2020)

◢  Afghanistan – Attacks in Kabul and in Nangarhar Province (May 12, 2020)

Venezuela (May 13, 2020)

France strongly condemns the measures taken in recent days, which hinder the normal functioning of our diplomatic mission in Caracas. These measures are contrary to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

That position was expressed this afternoon when the Venezuelan ambassador to France was summoned to the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

French officials expect these measures to be rescinded without delay in order to restore normal operations at our diplomatic mission.

Afghanistan – Attacks in Kabul and in Nangarhar Province (May 12, 2020)

France condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks carried out yesterday on the Dasht-e-Barchi maternity hospital in Kabul, run by Mèdecins sans Frontières, and a funeral procession in Nangarhar Province that left several dozen dead, including young mothers and infants. Targeting the most vulnerable populations and the medical structures and healthcare personnel who bravely assist them is outrageous.

France offers its condolences to the victims' families and loved ones. It wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

Those responsible for these heinous acts must be identified and held accountable.

France assures the Afghan authorities of its solidarity and stands by their side in the fight against terrorism.

We call for a total, lasting ceasefire in Afghanistan amid this health crisis, and to allow Afghans to move forward on the path to peace.

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