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Official speeches and statements - December 5, 2017

Published on December 5, 2017

1. United States of America - Iraq - Middle East - Telephone conversation between Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, and Mr. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America - Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic (Paris - December 4, 2017)

French President Emmanuel Macron had a telephone conversation today with the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, to discuss several international issues.

Regarding Iraq, President Emmanuel Macron informed President Trump of the results of the visit to Paris on Saturday 2 December of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani. France and the United States will continue their joint efforts to maintain Iraq’s stability and unity, and support national dialogue between the federal authorities and Iraq’s Kurdish leaders.

On the Middle East, the French President expressed his concern about the possibility of the United States unilaterally recognizing Jerusalem as capital of the State of Israel. M. Emmanuel Macron recalled that the issue of Jerusalem’s status will have to be resolved in the framework of the peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, focusing in particular on the establishment of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security with Jerusalem as their capital.

The French President and President Trump agreed to discuss the issue again soon.

2. United Nations - International Maritime Organization - France’s re-election to the IMO Council - Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokesperson (Paris - December 12, 2017)

The election of the members of the IMO Council for the period 2018-2019 took place on 1 December during the 30th session of the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization, which has its headquarters in London.

France was re-elected to the IMO Council as a member of category B, which is composed of states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade.

It thanks the member states for their support for its candidacy and congratulates the other 39 members of the IMO Council elected on this occasion.

The IMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations, responsible for promoting maritime security, the efficiency of navigation, and the prevention and control of marine pollution by vessels.

As a member of the IMO Council for the next two years, France intends to involve itself in particular in the adoption of an ambitious strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by international shipping. Although international shipping is covered by the Paris Agreement just like all activities that produce greenhouse gases, this sector is in fact not included - due to its essentially international nature - in the national contributions deposited by the states at the time the agreement was ratified. As such, it is up to the IMO to address the issue of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships within the framework of its Marine Environment Protection Committee.