Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will take part in the ministerial conference on cooperation between European countries and the main African countries of transit.
This conference follows on from the first meeting which also took place in Rome on July 6, 2017, and the meeting of the heads of state of the European countries and transit countries in Paris on August 28.
The meeting in Rome will be aimed at further strengthening cooperation between host countries, transit countries and countries of departure in the fight against human trafficking, smuggling and exploitation and with respect to the protection of the rights of migrants and asylum seekers.
Jean-Yves Le Drian will reaffirm our support for the main countries of origin and transit and will stress the commitment taken at the last European Union - African Union summit held in Abidjan last November to work collectively to strengthen their capacity to face up to this challenge. The minister will also confirm France’s commitment to facilitate voluntary returns, notably from Libya, and the resettlement of the most threatened refugees. Actions have been initiated by OFPRA to that end.
Finally, Mr. Le Drian will confirm France’s intention to strive for European and international sanctions against the main parties responsible for human trafficking.
This trip will also underscore our solidarity with Italy and our support for the initiatives it has taken in Libya and Niger, which are in keeping with the President’s visit to Rome on January 10-11.