Statements made by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris - December 2, 2020)
Chile – Meetings between Jean-Yves Le Drian and Franck Riester with Andrès Allamand, Chile’s Foreign Affairs Minister, and Rodrigo Yàñez, Chile’s International Economic Relations Undersecretary (December 1 – 2, 2020)
Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian met on December 1 with Chilean Foreign Affairs Minister Andrés Allamand and International Economic Relations Undersecretary Rodrigo Yàñez. Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will also host the Chilean ministers today.
These meetings are in keeping with our two countries’ close bilateral relationship characterized by shared values and numerous areas of cooperation. This made it possible for France to reiterate its support for Chile during this period of reform ushered in by the constitutional referendum on October 25.
Mr. Le Drian and his counterpart, Mr. Allamand, discussed the health crisis and the importance of a multilateral response to the pandemic. France and Chile, which share strong ambitions in regard to the fight against climate change, protecting the environment and protecting biodiversity, reiterated their desire to achieve ambitious results at the COP15 in Kunming and the COP26 in Glasgow.
Mr. Le Drian and Mr. Allamand shared their concerns over the situation in Venezuela on the eve of legislative elections without democratic guarantees and reaffirmed the need for a political solution to this crisis, whose number-one victim is the Venezuelan people.
The ministers discussed updating the association agreement between the EU and Chile. They addressed the prospects for deepening our bilateral economic relationship and the development of industrial partnerships that meet the goals of the energy transition and sustainable development (lithium, green hydrogen) as well as current investments, in particular the Santiago airport operated by Aéroports de Paris (ADP) and Vinci.
Mr. Riester also addressed updating the association agreement between the EU and Chile, from which France expects ambitious results, especially with regard to the lifting of non-tariff barriers, access to procurement markets, and commitments by the parties to sustainable development.
Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, took part yesterday in the 23rd meeting of EU-ASEAN foreign ministers via video conference.
Through this meeting, the ministers agreed to elevate the partnership between the EU and ASEAN to the level of strategic partnership. The ministers also adopted a joint statement on connectivity reflecting the shared commitment to promoting sustainable connectivity between the EU and ASEAN, based on the promotion of innovative infrastructure in the area of transport and individual mobility. The EU announced a new €20 million program to be implemented by the WHO aimed at strengthening the capacity of ASEAN members to respond to the consequences of the pandemic. This program falls within the framework of European assistance to respond to the Covid-19 crisis amounting to €800 million.
Franck Riester reaffirmed France’s attachment to strengthening relations with ASEAN in the context of the Indo-Pacific region and underscored the increased level of cooperation that will result from the EU-ASEAN strategic partnership. France was granted the status of Development Partner of ASEAN and will therefore work to strengthen our bilateral relations with the regional organization.