Germany-France-Russia Tripartite Meeting
The President of the French Republic, President of the Russian Federation and Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany met in Deauville yesterday and today to discuss in depth a number of international issues of common interest.
As regards the G20 and G8, Germany and Russia paid tribute to the ambition of the forthcoming French presidency to strengthen the role of these major bodies in drafting and implementing practical solutions to the challenges confronting the world.
Regarding the Middle East, France, Germany and Russia call on Israel to make efforts to enable the peace negotiations to continue and succeed, as they call on the Palestinians, in this framework, to remain engaged in these negotiations. Our three countries support the American efforts to this end and are ready to contribute actively to the peace process.
President Nicolas Sarkozy, President Dmitri Medvedev and Chancellor Angela Merkel talked about the Iranian nuclear programme and the measures taken by the international community. They call on Iran to comply with the Security Council and IAEA Board of Governors’ requests and reiterate that the door to dialogue remains open for finding a negotiated solution.
They confirm their commitment to strengthening the European Union-Russia strategic partnership. They expressed their support for the ongoing negotiations on the new European Union-Russia agreement, implementation of the “Partnership for Modernization” initiative, and cooperation on security and foreign policy. They very much hope that progress will be made in defining the steps towards moving to a visa-free regime at the December European Union-Russia summit, taking account of the offer presented by the European Union. France, Germany and Russia support the strategic vision of a common area based on the values of democracy and the rule of law in which people, goods, services and capital would move freely.
In accordance with the principle according to which the security of all States in the Euro-Atlantic community is indivisible, President Nicolas Sarkozy, President Dmitri Medvedev and Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirm their commitment to work together on security issues in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian areas. They recalled that the next meeting of the 56 OSCE leaders at the Astana summit could be a major opportunity for progressing towards this objective. They call for stronger institutional and operational cooperation between Russia and the European Union, as well as in the framework of the NATO-Russian Council, in order to fight against all the common threats hanging over our security. They agreed to look at the possibility of closer cooperation, capable of very concretely contributing to mutual confidence and facilitating collective action on crisis prevention and management, paving the way for the settlement of long-standing conflicts, like that of Transnistria./.