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Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is in Rwanda today.
This visit, part of our effort to strengthen relations with Rwanda, follows yesterday's meeting in Kigali between Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian and President Paul Kagame.
Mr. Riester will meet with Uzziel Ndagijimana, Rwanda's Minister of Finance and Economic Planning. Accompanied by a delegation of French (…)
Q: U.S. President Joe Biden said publicly that force could be used to defend Taiwan in the event of a military attack by the People's Republic of China. What does France say?
R: As an Indo-Pacific nation, France is committed to respecting the status quo. It reaffirms its support for the development of peaceful relations between the two sides of the strait and encourages dialogue for that (…)
Q: Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said yesterday that the French authorities are continuing to delay the signing of the French-Russian agreement governing the legal status of the Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center and are refusing to issue visas to certain Center staff members. Why has the signing of this document been delayed? When is it expected to be signed? And why the refusal to issue visas?
A: An intergovernmental agreement to define the legal (…)
Q: Reuters and AFP have reported that the American envoy to Iran had come to Paris for a meeting with his French, British and German counterparts. Can the Ministry confirm that information? And if so, would it be possible to know when that meeting will take place?
A : We have indeed held consultations today with our E3 partners and the United States, as we have with other participants in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA), at a critical time given the four-month suspension of (…)
Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke on October 22 with Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod.
Their conversation dealt mainly with current European issues ahead of the French presidency of the Council of the European Union.
They discussed the Sahel and Mali, where Denmark and France are both engaged in Task Force Takuba.
The ministers also addressed current work on the Strategic Compass; on the Indo-Pacific, where they agreed to work together to swiftly (…)
Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, went to Tripoli today to meet Mohamed Menfi, Chairman of the Presidential Council, Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, Prime Minister, and his own counterpart Najla Mangoush, and to participate in the Libya Stability Support Conference organized by the Government of National Unity.
The Minister urged all Libya's leaders to conclude the political process embarked upon. He emphasized how important it is for the presidential and parliamentary (…)
"Ministers, Secretary-General, Special Envoy, Ambassadors, Officers, Ladies and gentlemen,
We're gathered in Tripoli today at your invitation, Minister, to see how far things have come over the past few months and continue along this path, the one towards Libya's stability.
Since my last visit to Tripoli more than six months ago with my Italian counterpart, Luigi di Maio, who is alongside us today, and with our German colleague, the progress made on the political and security fronts has (…)
Q: With regard to Afghanistan, what is the status of the Afghan ambassador currently in Paris, appointed by Ghani?
A: Afghanistan's ambassador to France is still in his post.
Q: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on Saturday that he had ordered the expulsion “as quickly as possible” of 10 ambassadors, including the ambassador of France, who had called for the release of opposition figure Osman Kavala. Has the Quai d'Orsay been officially notified of this decision? How is France responding to this unusual measure?
A: The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has received no official information from the Turkish authorities on this (…)
France condemns the Israeli authorities' announcement that several calls for bids would be issued for the construction of more than 1,300 housing units in West Bank settlements.
France calls for ending any unilateral measures jeopardizing the two-state solution based on internationally agreed parameters, the only way to arrive at a just and lasting peace in the region.