Statements made by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris - October 18, 2019)
What is your reaction to the demonstrations in Lebanon and how is France working to "give Lebanon the means to carry out ambitious reforms so that it can improve its economic situation," as the President stated on September 20?
France is committed to Lebanon’s stability, especially on the economic and social fronts.
As the President said during the Lebanese Prime Minister’s visit on September 20, we are mobilizing our efforts to effectively implement the decisions taken at the CEDRE conference in Paris in April 2018. That would help make it possible, through the implementation of the expected reforms and the funding of identified projects, to rebuild the Lebanese economy and for the government to provide the public services that directly benefit all Lebanese.
We are working with Lebanon’s international partners and the Lebanese government to that end.
Following the Turkish-U.S. announcement of a five-day pause in [Turkey’s] offensive in northern Syria, do you support the idea of creating a 20-kilometer security zone inside of Syria?
As the President noted today at a press conference in Brussels, the EU condemned Turkey’s unilateral military action in northeastern Syria. In its conclusions, the European Council once again demanded that Turkey immediately end its military action, withdraw its forces, and abide by international humanitarian law.
The President also announced that he and his British and German partners want to have a meeting with President Erdogan in the coming weeks.