At President Macron’s request, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will be in Egypt on June 28 for a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sissi to discuss regional issues on which France and Egypt share many points of agreement.
- Libya: On this issue, which is the subject of an intense dialogue between France and Egypt, Mr. Le Drian will underscore the need to fully and swiftly implement the political declaration adopted at the International Conference on Libya on May 29 in Paris. In support of the mediation effort by the UN secretary-general’s special envoy Ghassan Salamé, these commitments endorsed by the UN Security Council lay the groundwork for unifying civilian and military institutions and holding elections before the end of the year. Mr. Le Drian will convey his concern over the situation in the oil crescent and will recall the need to respect the prerogatives of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Tripoli. Aware of the strategic importance of these issues for Egypt, France marks its support for the Egyptian authorities with respect to the achievement of these goals.
- Syria: Jean-Yves Le Drian will bring up prospects for reviving the political process under the auspices of UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura. We share common concerns with Egypt: the dangers of regional escalation, the Syrian population’s humanitarian needs, the ongoing fight against terrorism, the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and the population displacement strategy implemented by the Assad regime.
- Middle East peace process: France and Egypt support the two-state solution, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security within secure, recognized borders and with Jerusalem as their capital, in accordance with international law and internationally agreed parameters. Mr. Le Drian will evoke the situation in Gaza, particularly the resources that must be mobilized to respond to the serious humanitarian crisis in that territory. He will express France’s support for Egyptian efforts aimed at inter-Palestinian reconciliation, which is vital to improving living conditions for the people and re-establishing a political horizon.
Jean-Yves Le Drian and President Sissi will also review the various aspects of our partnership, especially in the economic arena and in the fight against terrorism. They will continue the dialogue instituted with the Egyptian authorities on human rights. And the minister will reiterate the strong expectations of the loved ones of the victims of EgyptAir flight MS 804 and the need for our joint cooperation to shed all light on the reasons for that disaster.