The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - September 2, 2020
In this issue:

◢  Canada – Meeting between Franck Riester and Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade (September 2, 2020)

◢  Iran-JCPoA

◢  Guinea

Canada – Meeting between Franck Riester and Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade (September 2, 2020)

Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will meet today with Mary Ng, Canadian Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade.

This first meeting between the minister delegate and his counterpart will provide an opportunity to discuss the heath situation in France and Canada, as well as the measures introduced by the two governments to support foreign trade and economic recovery. The two ministers will also take stock of the implementation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada, as well as the priorities of our bilateral relations and the prospects for strengthening trade and cross investment, which have experienced a positive momentum in recent years.

The two ministers will also discuss their priorities for strengthening the multilateral trade system, notably through the WTO's role and in preparation for the next G20 Trade Ministers Meeting.


Contrary to the statement of February 24, following up on the JCPoA Joint Commission, the statement issued on September 1 makes no reference to the concerns of certain parties to the agreement with regard to Iran's implementation of its commitments to the nuclear agreement. There's also no mention of the dispute resolution mechanism. Was that mechanism swept under the rug, and don't you think that Iran's activities since you triggered it have been more troubling?

As we and our E3 partners (Germany and the United Kingdom) emphasized in statements issued on June 19 and August 20, France is deeply concerned by the nuclear measures taken by Iran in violation of its commitments under the JCPoA. France once again expressed its concern over those violations at the meeting of the JCPoA Joint Commission on September 1 and called on Iran to resume its full compliance with the agreement without delay.

France is determined to preserve the JCPoA and to continue the dialogue conducted within the framework of the Joint Commission and the Dispute Resolution Mechanism to ensure that Iran complies with the stipulations of that agreement.


What do you think of President Alpha Condé's decision to run for a third term?

France reiterates its concern—already expressed during the legislative election and referendum—over the contested voter roll. It condemned the violence that took place during that electoral process, leading to several deaths.

We remain concerned over the next vote. France calls on all Guinean actors, no matter who they might be, to act responsibly, engage in dialogue, and exercise the utmost restraint.

France supports regional organizations, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union, as well as the UN, in their efforts to keep the political climate from deteriorating and avoid a new cycle of violence in Guinea.

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