Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, met with Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, on March 22.
The discussions focused in particular on the following points:
- Bilateral relations: Following President Macron’s visit to Qatar on December 7, the ministers worked on strengthening our cooperation and on the organization of upcoming bilateral events;
- Syria: The minsters agreed on the need to ensure the sustained enforcement of the ceasefire throughout the Syrian territory, as provided for by UNSCR 2401, and the implementation of a political solution in accordance with UNSCR 2254. Jean-Yves Le Drian and Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani also discussed the humanitarian crisis in eastern Ghouta. Safe, complete and unrestricted humanitarian access to all populations in need must be ensured. The fight against terrorism and the eradication of Daesh also remain a priority;
- Iran: Mr. Le Drian informed his counterpart about his discussions in Tehran on March 5, notably with respect to the nuclear agreement, the Iranian ballistic missile program and Iran’s regional action;
- Gulf region: Mr. Le Drian reaffirmed France’s attachment to the unity of our Arab partners in the Gulf region;
- Lebanon: The ministers took stock of France’s recent initiatives to strengthen the Lebanese state’s institutions. Following the meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon in Paris on November 6, the CEDRE conference on April 6 will be aimed at promoting reforms and supporting the Lebanese economy;
- The fight against terrorism: The discussions focused in particular on preparations for the International Conference on Combating Terrorist Financing scheduled to take place on April 26 in Paris on the initiative of President Macron. Qatar will take part in the conference.