The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - September 23, 2020
In this issue:

◢  United Arab Emirates – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs (September 22, 2020)

◢  EU – Franck Riester at the meeting of EU trade ministers (September 21, 2020)

 
United Arab Emirates – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs (September 22, 2020)

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian received his counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, yesterday.

In the context of the global Covid-19 health crisis, the ministers expressed their support for strengthening bilateral cooperation.

They also addressed several regional issues of common interest. With respect to Libya, Jean-Yves Le Drian reiterated his appeal for the consolidation of the ceasefire, the relaunching of inter-Libyan political dialogue and the implementation of a transparent and equitable solution regarding the allocation of oil revenue. With respect to Iran, he underscored France's attachment to the preservation of the JCPOA, Iran's compliance with its obligations in this respect and realistic and effective solutions in the face of the prospect of the ending of the UN arms embargo. Lastly, the minister welcomed the signing of the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, two key partners of France in the region. He underscored that the suspension of the annexation of the Palestinian Territories should become a definitive step and that the new momentum created by the normalization should make it possible to relaunch credible negotiations between the parties aimed at establishing two states within the framework of international law and the agreed parameters.



EU – Franck Riester at the meeting of EU trade ministers (September 21, 2020)

Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, was in Berlin on September 20-21 for the meeting of EU trade ministers.

The ministers addressed the reassessment of the EU trade policy, which must respond to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 crisis and allow us to better meet expectations: the economic recovery, securing supply chains, greater consideration given to sustainable development and the fight against climate change, and European economic sovereignty in a less cooperative international context. France championed in particular the vision of a more united trade policy that is more demanding with respect to our partners' commitments on sustainable development and the fight against climate change. It stressed the need to strengthen EU instruments to guarantee fair trade conditions with third countries, especially with regard to access to government procurement and foreign subsidies.

The ministers also discussed the situation of the European steel industry in order to respond to serious disruptions in the European market linked in particular to the development of overcapacity in emerging countries, and to lay the groundwork for fairer competition. France called for mobilizing all of the EU's trade defense instruments to protect the sector and to proactively prepare for the upcoming expiration of European safeguards. The Minister Delegate also stressed the need to continue actively supporting the Global Forum's work on overcapacity and championed the implementation of a carbon adjustment mechanism at the EU's borders to combat carbon leakage and help enhance the EU's climate ambitions.

Finally, the ministers also discussed the process for selecting the new Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the context of the organization's necessary reform. Mr. Riester called for promoting an individual whose skills, political clout and independence would facilitate WTO reform and restore trust in the multilateral trading system.



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