Statements made by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris - September 19, 2018)
• Estonia – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and Sven Mikser (Paris - September 20, 2018)
The minister for Europe and foreign affairs will receive Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, today.
This meeting will notably provide an opportunity to take stock of the partnership agreement signed 10 years ago between the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Aga Khan Development Network. The Aga Khan Foundation is a partner with which several ambitious projects have been implemented in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, notably in the education and health sectors, such as the extension of the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) in Kabul and in the energy sector, with the Bujagali hydroelectric power plant in Uganda.
The Aga Khan Foundation is also involved in the development of the Domaine de Chantilly, helping this cultural heritage site to assume its rightful place.
It therefore makes a valuable contribution to showcasing French heritage and to promoting our country abroad.
In recognition of his commitment to France, the minister will bestow the insignia of the Grand Cross of the National Order of the Legion of Honor upon the Aga Khan this evening.
Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will host his Estonian counterpart, Sven Mikser, on September 20.
They will discuss the future of Europe and transatlantic relations amid broad agreement between our two countries, as reflected by Estonia’s participation in the European Intervention Initiative (EI2). The minister will raise the issue of strengthening the EU’s strategic autonomy and the need to consider European security and defense architecture, especially by making the mutual solidarity clause provided in Article 42.7 of the Treaty of the European Union more operational.
The minister will thank his counterpart for the help Estonia provided to France in Operation Barkhane, in Mali, with its deployment of a detachment of some 50 troops since August. He will also underscore our desire to continue our contribution to the security of the Baltic area, and particularly the return of a French joint tactical battalion to Estonia in 2019.
The ministers will also review our bilateral relationship in this centennial year of the Estonian State. They will discuss opportunities to expand our economic relations, especially in the area of digital and transport infrastructures.