Statements made by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris - September 21, 2018)
• Inter-Korean summit (September 18-20, 2018)
Jean-Yves le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will represent President Macron in Bamako on September 22 at the inauguration of President-elect of the Republic of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, scheduled to take place on the same day as Mali’s national holiday.
During this visit, he will meet with President Keïta, as well as with Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga. He will reaffirm France’s support; France stands alongside Mali in the fight against terrorism. He will also discuss with them French-Malian cooperation in the area of development, which is key to eliminating the root causes of instability. He will reaffirm France’s support for the Malian peace and reconciliation process, the path chosen by the international community in order to restore harmony in Mali.
The minister will also meet with other African heads of state and ministers—partners of France—on the sidelines of the ceremony.
France takes note of the adoption of the statement signed in Pyongyang and pays tribute to the efforts to ease tensions and promote inter-Korean rapprochement.
France hopes that this new inter-Korean summit will make it possible to make progress toward achieving the goal of sustainable peace in the Korean Peninsula as well as toward the complete, irreversible and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.
It will continue to contribute to the international community’s efforts in this respect.