Statements made by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris - September 25, 2017)
• Cambodia – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and Prak Sokhonn (Paris - September 25, 2017)
• Attack against MINUSCA (September 24, 2017)
• Angola – Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne to attend inauguration of President Joao Lourenço (Luanda - September 26, 2017)
• Iraq / UN – Adoption of Security Council resolution 2379 on the fight against impunity for crimes committed by Daesh (September 21, 2017)
France is extremely concerned at the launch of a ballistic missile announced by Iran today, in violation of UNSCR 2231.
France calls on Iran to put an end to all destabilizing activity in the region and to comply with all provisions of UNSCR 2231, including the demand not to conduct these types of ballistic missile activities.
It requests the UN secretary-general to report on this launch. It will look, together with its partners—notably its European partners—at ways to get Iran to cease its destabilizing ballistic missile activities.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, received Prak Sokhonn, Cambodian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, today.
This first meeting provided an opportunity to take stock of our bilateral relations, notably in the area of economic and social development and the protection of heritage. Jean-Yves Le Drian notably welcomed the inclusion of the temples of Sambor Prei Kuk on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and reaffirmed France’s attachment to our cooperation aimed at safeguarding the site of Angkor.
Jean-Yves Le Drian also expressed his concern following the arrest of the leader of the main opposition party and the closing of several media outlets in Cambodia. He stressed the need—in the run-up to the parliamentary elections—for Cambodia to resume the path toward pluralist democracy, while respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Lastly, the ministers reviewed current regional issues. Jean-Yves Le Drian reaffirmed our desire to strengthen France’s cooperation with ASEAN, notably with respect to security challenges.
France condemns the attack carried out on September 24 against a MINUSMA convoy between Anefis and Gao, which killed three Bangladeshi peacekeepers.
We extend our condolences to the families of those who died and to the Bangladeshi authorities. We wish the injured soldiers a speedy recovery.
At the bilateral as well as European level, and within the framework of the United Nations, France is resolutely committed to the fight against terrorism in Mali and the Sahel, through Operation Barkhane and its support for the Malian security and defense forces as well the G5-Sahel joint force.
We reaffirm our full support for the work of MINUSMA, which plays a key role in stabilizing Mali.
Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, minister of state attached to the minister for Europe and foreign affairs, will be in Luanda on September 26 to attend the inauguration of Joao Lourenço, president elect of the Republic of Angola, with whom he will have a meeting.
On this occasion, Mr. Lemoyne will reaffirm France’s wish to strengthen its partnership with Angola, especially on the economic front. During his trip, he will visit the French lycée in Luanda and will meet with the French community.
Angola is an important partner in Africa that actively contributes to peace and regional security, and with which we have a close, regular dialogue, particularly on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.
Angola is the third-largest recipient of foreign direct investment in sub-Saharan Africa. Seventy French companies are located there, not only in the oil industry, in which we have a large presence, but also in logistics, port services, agrifoods, health, and catering.
The French Development Agency has just signed a new agreement with Angolan officials to give a boost to these activities. It was concretized by an initial loan of €150 million in the water sector.
Our two countries have also strengthened cooperation on higher education and French language and cultural activities.
France welcomes the Security Council’s adoption, on September 21, of resolution 2379 on the fight against impunity for crimes committed by Daesh in Iraq.
The aim of this text co-sponsored by France is to establish an investigative team to assist the Iraqi authorities. In conjunction with current mechanisms, it is urgent to document the crimes committed in Iraq and to establish accountability for those crimes in an impartial, independent manner. It is also important to be able to use evidence that has been collected in procedures upholding human rights and the rejection of the death penalty.
This investigative team will contribute to efforts by Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s government during the phase of stabilization, national reconciliation, and the rebuilding of liberated territories. France supports Iraq in these efforts, without which the victory over terrorism cannot be complete. That is the reason for the €430 million loan granted by France, which Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed before his trip to Baghdad on August 26.