The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - September 10, 2020
In this issue:

◢  United Kingdom – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (London - September 10, 2020)

◢  ASEAN / Approval of France as a development partner of the Association of Southeast Asian States – Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (September 9, 2020)

◢  Global health – Participation of Clément Beaune in the first council meeting of the initiative Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) (September 10, 2020)

◢  Libya

 
United Kingdom – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (London - September 10, 2020)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, visited the United Kingdom on September 10 for a meeting with his British and German counterparts to discuss the Iranian issue, in which the EU high representative for common foreign and security policy also participated via video conference.

The minister discussed with his counterparts the next steps regarding this issue. During the meeting, he reaffirmed the importance of the joint efforts of our three countries to preserve the nuclear agreement concluded with Iran in 2015, notably in the context of the invalid attempt by the United States to reimpose multilateral sanctions against Iran. The minister also underscored the need for Iran to reconsider the actions that are incompatible with its nuclear commitments and to immediately return to full compliance with those commitments. Lastly, the minister argued in favor of the continuation of a joint approach by France, Germany and the United Kingdom, which is key to ensuring the success of our efforts to support the JCPOA.

On the sidelines of this meeting, the minister informed his British counterpart that a violation by the United Kingdom of the provisions of the withdrawal agreement would be unacceptable.



ASEAN / Approval of France as a development partner of the Association of Southeast Asian States – Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (September 9, 2020)

During their annual meeting on September 9, the foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian States (ASEAN) approved the candidacy of France for the status of development partner of the organization. France thanks all of ASEAN's member states, especially the Vietnamese presidency, as well as the organization's Secretariat, for their support.

This is an important step toward strengthening our ties with ASEAN, with which we share a common vision of the Indo-Pacific region based on inclusivity, respect for international law, multilateralism and international cooperation. France's acquisition of the status of development partner is fully in line with our strategy in the Indo-Pacific region and will allow us to strengthen our contribution to sustainable development, peace and security as well as stability in the region.

France already maintains close relations with all Southeast Asian countries, which is notably reflected through long-standing and forward-looking cooperation. This cooperation is based on an extensive regional network of economic, cultural and scientific cooperation (establishment of 140 French businesses, research centers and institutes) as well as on the mobilization of the French Development Agency (AFD), which has been present in the region for 25 years and which has funded more than 170 projects since 2010, representing a commitment of more than €4 billion.



Global health – Participation of Clément Beaune in the first council meeting of the initiative Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) (September 10, 2020)

Clément Beaune, Minister of State for European Affairs attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, attended today's inaugural Facilitation Council meeting of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) initiative, together with the president of the European Commission, the presidents of South Africa and Rwanda, the Norwegian prime minister, the health and foreign ministers of the other Council member countries, and the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO).

ACT-A's goal of an equitable global distribution of diagnostics, treatments and a future vaccine, and the strengthening of healthcare systems, is crucial to protecting populations. It is vital to global solidarity as well as health security - without universal access, we will continually face new waves. President Macron therefore issued a call to make the future Covid-19 vaccine a global public good to guarantee equal, universal access to all. That is the fight France and its European partners are engaged in.

To combat the Covid-19 pandemic on a global scale, on April 24 ACT-A was launched at the joint initiative of the French President, the EU, Germany and the WHO. France is contributing to its goals with a commitment of €510 million and reaffirms its support for this initiative, which represents a strong multilateral response to an unprecedented global health crisis. ACTA-A brings together all the major actors in the global health arena around an ambitious common goal: the development, production, and equitable and universal distribution of diagnostic tests, treatments and vaccines for Covid-19 and support for countries' healthcare systems.

France welcomes the leadership and coordination of the WHO, the only universal health organization, along with Unitaid's major contribution for diagnostic tests and treatments. The minister confirmed France's policy commitment to support and promote ACT-A and its combined effort on tests, treatments, vaccines, and healthcare systems based on solid scientific expertise.



Libya

Hello, as you know, Morocco is making considerable efforts to mediate between the various Libyan parties to restore peace in that North African country. Morocco had hosted the Skhirat conference, which resulted in the formation of the Libyan government that is currently recognized by the international community. On Sunday, Rabat hosted a meeting between Libyan parliamentarians on both sides with a view to a lasting reconciliation.

How does France assess Morocco's efforts toward the resolution of the Libyan crisis?

To what extent can Rabat's mediation effort complement the Berlin process and all of the international community's efforts?

France applauds the efforts by the Kingdom of Morocco to revive the inter-Libyan political dialogue. Initiatives supporting inclusive political discussions in Libya, especially by the countries of the region, are vital to bringing about an end to the crisis.

There is no military solution to the Libyan conflict: an end to the crisis will be political in nature. We therefore call for the resumption of the inter-Libyan political dialogue in an inclusive format under the auspices of the UN. Morocco's efforts contribute to this.



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