Norway – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Norwegian counterpart (15 November 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will meet today with his Norwegian counterpart, Ine Eriksen Soreide.

The ministers will take stock of key international issues regarding which Norway is an important partner. The ministers will discuss European security issues following the Trident Juncture exercise organized by NATO in Norway. Jean-Yves Le Drian will reaffirm the need to develop greater European strategic autonomy and to continue to strengthen efforts in the area of security and defense at the national level, as well as within the European Union and NATO. Norway has a key role to play in the discussions that the Europeans must be able to hold with respect to ensuring strategic stability in Europe.

Mr. Le Drian will pay tribute to Norway’s growing involvement in the Sahel. Norway notably contributes to international efforts in support of Mali through MINUSMA. With respect to Iran, the minister will underscore our attachment to the implementation of the JCPOA, in accordance with international agreements and international security. He will reaffirm France’s commitment to preserving and maintaining operational financial channels with Iran so that it can continue to benefit from the economic advantages under the agreement, provided that it continues to fully comply with the agreement. The ministers will discuss the situation in the Middle East and the peace process, given that Norway is the current chair of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) which provides support to Palestine.

The ministers will also discuss the fight against climate change which is a major focus for joint French-Norwegian action. At the COP24 in December, Mr. Le Drian will underscore the importance of implementing the Paris agreement to which Norway actively contributed.