The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - July 17, 2020
In this issue:

◢  Russia

◢  Libya

◢  External borders of the EU

◢  Iran


What are the concrete results of the French-Russian consultations on strategic stability and regional and international crises?

Please refer to the communiqué we issued yesterday.


What is your response to the comments made by U.S. Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker, who, on Thursday, criticized the EU naval mission tasked with ensuring compliance with the arms embargo on Libya, deeming, like Turkey, that it was biased and not serious?

The EU's Operation EUNAVFOR MED IRINI is making a significant contribution to implementing the embargo on arms and illicit exports of petroleum imposed by the UN Security Council, in accordance with the conclusions of the Berlin Conference on Libya.

This operation has air, sea and satellite resources in order to monitor, in an impartial manner, all flows, regardless of their origin or beneficiaries. It has demonstrated this through its actions, reflecting the commitment of the EU and France to resolving a conflict that jeopardizes European security interests.

France is actively participating in this vital operation in a context of escalating foreign interference in the Libyan conflict, which we have condemned in the strongest terms.

We call on all our partners - starting with the United States - to step up their efforts, as the EU is doing, in order to thwart the recurring violations of the arms embargo and to help relaunch an inclusive political process in Libya under UN auspices.

External borders of the EU

The external borders of the Schengen Area have been open to the residents of 15 countries since July 1.
1) Is this opening based on reciprocity? And in the opposite case, what are the political, economic and legal implications?
2) Japan extended its border restrictions until further notice. Are Japanese tourists permitted to visit France?

On the basis of the recommendations adopted by the EU Council on June 30 and July 16, France decided to lift restrictions at its external borders to people arriving from several third countries determined on the basis of health criteria. The list of countries will be reexamined regularly with our European partners and will take into account changes in their respective health situations.

As for the rules for entering French territory, we refer you to the Interior Ministry.


Does France have any comment on the death sentences given to three young Iranians for their participation in protests last November in Iran?

France is deeply shocked by these sentences.

France reaffirms its commitment to the freedom of expression and peaceful demonstration as well as its steadfast opposition to the death penalty everywhere and in all circumstances. It remains resolutely committed to the universal abolition of this unjust, inhumane and ineffective punishment. It calls on all nations that still have the death penalty to establish a moratorium on it ahead of its ultimate abolition.

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