Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates on July 15 and 16.
The President and the minister have stepped up talks with our partners and the leaders of the Arab Gulf states.
We are concerned by the current tensions affecting countries with which we have close and friendly ties, and call for them to be eased swiftly, in everyone’s interest.
During his trip, Mr. Le Drian wants to hear these countries’ views and offer France’s contribution to the mediation effort led by Kuwait, which has our full support. This approach is in the same spirit as the efforts of our American, British and German partners, with whom the minister for Europe and foreign affairs is in constant contact.
Mr. Le Drian will remind his interlocutors of the negative consequences of this crisis on the diplomatic, political, economic, and security levels. He will reaffirm France’s priority of strengthening the fight against terrorism and, in particular, improving ways to combat its financing and the propagation of terrorist ideas and projects. He will underscore how important it is for the Gulf Cooperation Council to take united action against this scourge and to collectively constitute a force for stability in the region.