The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - June 22, 2020
In this issue:

◢  Burkina Faso – Visit by Amélie de Montchalin (June 22, 2020)

◢  Mali – Situation in Mali

◢  Libya

Burkina Faso – Visit by Amélie de Montchalin (June 22, 2020)

Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Burkina Faso on June 22, together with the European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen.

This joint visit falls within the framework of the European Humanitarian Air Bridge which brings aid to several African countries, thereby ensuring the continuity of humanitarian operations and supporting the medical and healthcare response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Amélie de Montchalin and Jutta Urpilainen will be received by President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. They will meet with Alpha Barry, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Hélène Marie Laurence Ilboudo Marchal, Minister for Women, National Solidarity, Family and Humanitarian Action.

Ms. de Montchalin will reaffirm our country's support for Burkina Faso in the fight against the pandemic, and, more broadly, France's solidarity in the face of the humanitarian crisis affecting the country.

The minister of state will visit Tengandogo University Hospital, the main hospital designated for the treatment of Covid-19 patients, supported by France.

The European air bridge established in Ouagadougou thanks to a French-Danish initiative will allow the delivery of a total of 23 tons of humanitarian aid for nine European NGOs within the Réseau Logistique Humanitaire (Humanitarian Logistics Network) and UN agencies, as well as the deployment of 12 essential humanitarian personnel to Burkina Faso. Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves le Drian had taken part in a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo from June 8 to 9 in order to highlight this strong European solidarity-based response.

Mali – Situation in Mali

France shares the EU High Representative's concern over the current sociopolitical crisis in Mali. The EU, the African Union, the UN and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) welcomed the peaceful nature of the protests and called on all actors to engage in dialogue and exercise restraint.

France supports ECOWAS's efforts, which led to recommendations on ending the crisis. It encourages the Malian authorities to swiftly implement measures to ease the political conflict.


Egypt is threatening to intervene militarily in Libya, evoking legitimate self-defense and the support of the Libyan Parliament based in the eastern part of the country. Would such an intervention be acceptable under international law and would you support it?

 France lent its full support to the political initiative presented by Egypt on June 6, as well as Egyptian efforts on that basis aimed at an immediate end to hostilities, the swift conclusion of a ceasefire within the framework of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission, monitoring, and a fair allocation of Libyan resources, as well as the resumption of the inter-Libyan political dialogue.

To contribute to these goals, France is working with Egypt, its European partners and its main international partners to revive the political process in Libya under the auspices of the UN and within the parameters agreed to at the Berlin conference.

Libya's stability and the fight against terrorism in that country are key to the security of its regional environment, Libya's neighbors and Europe. They require a sustainable restoration of calm on the ground and an inclusive political solution.

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