The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - June 30, 2020
In this issue:

◢  Norway – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Norwegian counterpart (June 29, 2020)

◢  Syria / Humanitarian assistance – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's participation in the fourth Brussels Conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region (via video conference, June 30, 2020)

◢  UK – Conversation between Amélie de Montchalin and Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs (June 30, 2020)

◢  Situation of Fariba Adelkhah

 
Norway – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Norwegian counterpart (June 29, 2020)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, spoke today by phone with his Norwegian counterpart, Ine Eriksen Soreide.

The minister congratulated his counterpart on Norway's election to the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member for 2021 and 2022. He expressed our country's desire to cooperate closely with Norway on issues relating to peace and international security in this context. The ministers discussed the situation in the Sahel, Libya, the Gulf and the Middle East - crises regarding which we have converging approaches.

Jean-Yves Le Drian and his counterpart also took stock of the international response to the Covid-19 crisis. They discussed the coordination of the lifting of restrictions of movement at the internal and external borders of the Schengen Area and the establishment of the Inclusive Vaccine Alliance in which Norway has confirmed it wants to participate.

The ministers also decided to continue their discussions on Ukraine and Russia, EU-China relations and the negotiations on the future relationship between the UK and the EU, underscoring the need to preserve our two countries' reciprocal fishing interests.



Syria / Humanitarian assistance – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's participation in the fourth Brussels Conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region (via video conference, June 30, 2020)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, took part in the Brussels IV Ministerial Conference, co-chaired by the EU and the UN.

The minister of state reiterated France's call - consistently underscored by Jean-Yves Le Drian - to guarantee full, safe and unrestricted humanitarian access so that the 12 million vulnerable Syrians can benefit from the assistance they desperately need in order to survive. As such, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne reaffirmed the critical importance of the cross-border aid delivery mechanism in Syria. He called for the members of the UN Security Council to demonstrate unity and responsibility in order to ensure that the mechanism is renewed in northwestern Syria and re-established in northeastern Syria.

He said that France, for its part, would maintain its contribution to the humanitarian response. Between 2020 and 2022, €845 million will be allocated to support the Syrian people and countries that step forward to take in refugees, notably Lebanon and Jordan. This financial effort includes €208 million in donations and €637 million in loans. He stressed that the EU was the leading contributor to humanitarian aid for Syria. Since 2011, Europeans have contributed nearly €20 billion.

On the sidelines of the conference, France co-hosted an event on the fight against impunity for crimes committed by Syria, which is one of our diplomatic priorities with respect to the Syrian conflict and a prerequisite for a lasting peace in Syria. EU sanctions against the perpetrators of repression in Syria are in this regard one of the main instruments to combat human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law.



UK – Conversation between Amélie de Montchalin and Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs (June 30, 2020)

Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is speaking today with Michael Russell, Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs.

They will mainly discuss responses to the health crisis sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic. They will also talk about strengthening our educational and cultural ties, as well as environmental and climate challenges ahead of the COP 26, to be held in Glasgow in November 2021.



Situation of Fariba Adelkhah

Do you have any reaction to the upholding of Fariba Adelkhah's 5-year prison sentence?

We condemn this decision by the Iranian authorities who persist in detaining Fariba Adelkhah despite the lack of any serious evidence or established fact, for exclusively political purposes. We remain determined to obtain the release of our compatriot.

As Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian said on June 5, this continuing situation can only have a negative impact on bilateral relations between France and Iran and substantially reduces trust between our two countries.


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