The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - June 1, 2022
In this issue:

◢  Jordan – Conversation between Catherine Colonna and her counterpart (June 1, 2022)

◢  Australia – Conversation between Catherine Colonna and her counterpart (June 1, 2022)

◢  UN – China

◢  Ukraine

Jordan – Conversation between Catherine Colonna and her counterpart (June 1, 2022)

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna spoke by telephone yesterday with her Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi.

The minister reaffirmed France's commitment to the strategic partnership between our countries. She reiterated our full support for Jordan as it tackles the security and economic challenges it is facing. She applauded tomorrow's meeting of the EU-Jordan Association Council, a milestone for the bilateral relationship between the EU and Jordan.

The ministers discussed the situation in the Middle East and expressed their deep concern over the deterioration in the situation on the ground, and especially the recent outbreak of violence in Jerusalem. The minister stressed that only the two-state solution, with Jerusalem as the capital of both states, can lead to a just and lasting peace in the region, in keeping with international law and internationally agreed-upon parameters. She underscored the need to strictly abide by the historic status quo on the Holy Sites in Jerusalem and the importance of Jordan’s specific role to play in that regard.

Australia – Conversation between Catherine Colonna and her counterpart (June 1, 2022)

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna spoke by telephone yesterday with Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Penny Wong.

Following on from the conversation between President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on May 26, the two ministers expressed their wish to get to work immediately on rebuilding our bilateral relationship by moving forward on an ambitious roadmap based on trust between our two countries.

The two ministers also emphasized France and Australia's shared values and similar views on the situation in Ukraine, the challenges facing the Indo-Pacific region and responses to the climate emergency. They stressed the importance of strengthening the partnership between our two countries in the Pacific.

UN – China

The lack of any diplomatic reaction to UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet's visit to China comes across as a blank check for Beijing (just read the agency comments!). Are the war in Ukraine and the fear of provoking China behind this silence and this "soft" visit? Is France, which asked that Bachelet be given free access to the Uighurs and the internment camps, satisfied with this visit that has been tightly controlled by the Chinese?

In regard to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's visit to China, we expressed our concerns and expectations concerning transparency and genuine unhindered access. Among other things, it was discussed during a telephone conversation between the minister and her Chinese counterpart. Please consult my statement of May 25 on this point.

We are now waiting for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to issue a written report on the human rights situation in Xinjiang, including a detailed assessment of the level of transparency and independence she encountered during her visit to China.

France intends to pursue a rigorous, systematic dialogue with China on human rights at every level. Now more than ever, we expect China to demonstrate transparency in light of the publication of the so-called Xinjiang Police Files containing serious allegations of grave human rights violations in Xinjiang.


President Zelensky of Ukraine wanted President Macron to visit Kyiv before the end of France's European presidency. Is that feasible, and was Ms. Colonna working on it during her trip to Kyiv?

During her visit to Ukraine yesterday and the day before, the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs expressed France's support for Ukraine and our solidarity with that country at this difficult time. She confirmed that our humanitarian, economic, financial, diplomatic and military aid to Ukraine and its people would continue in the long term.

As for the President, please consult the statements he made yesterday on that topic.

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