Iraq – Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (3 January 2020)

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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.