The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - September 3, 2020
In this issue:

◢  Slovenia – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (September 3-4, 2020)

◢  United Kingdom – Conversation between Franck Riester and the British minister of state for trade policy (September 3, 2020)

 
Slovenia – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (September 3-4, 2020)

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will be visiting Slovenia on September 3 and 4.

He will be hosted by President Borut Pahor and Prime Minister Janez Jan‎ša. He will meet with his counterpart, Anže Logar.

Mr. Le Drian and his interlocutors will discuss major European and international issues (the Conference on the Future of Europe, the EU budget, the European recovery plan, managing the Covid-19 crisis, and the eastern Mediterranean). He will underscore the many ways in which our countries see eye to eye, especially with a view toward the Slovenian and French presidencies of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2021 and the first half of 2022, respectively.

The Minister and his counterpart will review the deepening of our bilateral relationship, especially in the cultural and economic arenas, in the context of the French-Slovenian Strategic Partnership Action Plan signed by the two countries’ foreign ministers on July 2, 2019.

As the guest of honor at the annual Slovenian Ambassadors Conference, Mr. Le Drian will give a speech on our ambitions for a more sovereign, sustainable and inclusive Europe.



United Kingdom – Conversation between Franck Riester and the British minister of state for trade policy (September 3, 2020)

Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will speak today with Greg Hands, British Minister of State for Trade Policy.

This initial conversation will provide an opportunity for the minister delegate to reaffirm French and European international trade priorities. Franck Riester will notably take stock of trade tensions observed at the global level and will underscore the importance of support for the multilateral trade framework, which is critical to ensuring that trade will contribute to economic recovery.

This exchange will allow for an in-depth discussion on preparations for the G20 Trade Ministers Meeting, scheduled to take place at the end of September 2020, as well on the most recent developments relating to the WTO.


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