The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - July 2, 2020
In this issue:

◢  Turkey – Clarifications sought from the Turkish ambassador (July 2, 2020)

◢  Israel – Situation of Salah Hamouri (July 2, 2020)

◢  Turkey

Turkey – Clarifications sought from the Turkish ambassador (July 2, 2020)

Following the remarks made by the ambassador of Turkey to France on July 1 during his hearing before the Senate's Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces, notably those referring to the naval incident targeted against the Courbet frigate on June 10, we wanted to seek the necessary clarifications from him regarding the facts, omissions and incorrect and biased information he advanced during this hearing. We wanted to underscore once again the unacceptable nature of the Turkish conduct.

Israel – Situation of Salah Hamouri (July 2, 2020)

We have learned of the arrest and detention of our compatriot Salah Hamouri on June 30 in Jerusalem, less than two years after his release, for which we worked extremely hard.

France requests that all of Salah Hamouri's rights be upheld. Our Consulate General in Jerusalem is ensuring that our compatriot can fully benefit from consular protection as provided for by the 1963 Vienna Convention.

The minister for Europe and foreign affairs and his diplomatic and consular network are seeking clarifications regarding the reasons for his arrest, maintaining close contract with Mr. Hamouri's relatives and interceding with the Israeli authorities to ensure that the situation of Mr. Hamouri and his wife is resolved as swiftly as possible.

Mr. Hamouri's situation is being closely monitored at a high level by the French authorities.


What is your response to Turkey's plan to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque?

We will pay close attention to the preservation of the integrity of this jewel of world heritage, which has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A symbol of tolerance and diversity, this site must remain open to all.

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