France calls for restraint in Middle East

Iraq – Telephone conversation between M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Mr Adil Abdul-Mahdi, Prime Minister of Iraq – Communiqué issued by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Paris, 5 January 2020

The French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, had a telephone conversation with Iraqi Prime Minister, Adil Abdul-Mahdi. He stressed the importance of pursuing the fight against Daesh [so-called ISIL] in Iraq and Syria as part of the Global Coalition Against Daesh, while fully respecting Iraq’s sovereignty. He and the Iraqi Prime Minister agreed to continue dialogue on this subject./.

United States – Telephone conversation between M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Mr Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State - Communiqué issued by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Paris, 3 January 2020

Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke by phone with his American counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, following the latest developments in Iraq, specifically the actions undertaken overnight.

President Macron and the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs will speak in the coming hours with all of their regional and international partners on this subject.

The minister underscored France’s concern over the rise in tensions in the Middle East over the past several months, with a sudden escalation in Iraq in recent weeks.

For France and all of its partners, every effort must now be made to avoid a further escalation of tensions and to facilitate de-escalation in order to preserve the stability of Iraq and the region as a whole.

In the current situation, France calls on all the parties to show restraint and on Iran to avoid taking any measures liable to aggravate regional instability or lead to a serious nuclear proliferation crisis. The parties to the Vienna agreement in particular must continue their close coordination and urge Iran to promptly resume full compliance with its nuclear obligations and refrain from any further contrary action.

The priority must be to continue the actions of the international Coalition against Daesh [so-called ISIL], which is operating in Iraq at the request of the Iraqi authorities and in support of Iraqi security forces. The Coalition’s continuity is essential to preserving the achievements of five years of combat against Daesh and guaranteeing a lasting victory against terrorism throughout the entire region./.

Middle East – Iraq/telephone conversation between M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Mr Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Mr Dominic Raab, British Foreign Secretary – Statement by M. Le Drian

Paris, 3 January 2020

I spoke successively this evening by phone with my counterparts, Adel al-Jubeir of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; and Dominic Raab, the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

In the coming days, I will continue these conversations with regional and international actors following the latest developments in Iraq.

I emphasized France’s concern over the rise in tensions in the Middle East over the past few months. I noted that we and our interlocutors see eye to eye with respect to making every necessary effort to avoid further aggravating tensions and facilitating de-escalation in order to preserve Iraq’s stability and sovereignty and the security of the region as a whole./.

Middle East – Telephone conversation between M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Mr Heiko Maas, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, and Mr Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of China – Statement by M. Le Drian

Paris, 4 January 2020

On Saturday 4 January, I spoke on the phone with my counterparts, Heiko Maas, of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Wang Yi, of the People’s Republic of China.

I reiterated France’s concern with regard to the escalation of tensions in the Gulf region in recent months. I stated that France fully shares with Germany the main goal of de-escalation and the preservation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

I was also able to verify significant convergence between France and China to step up our joint efforts to prevent an increase in tensions and to facilitate de-escalation. We specifically noted our agreement to maintain the stability and sovereignty of Iraq, and security in the region as a whole, as well as to call on Iran to refrain from further violations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action./.

Published on 08/01/2020

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