Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State – Communiqué issued by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (Paris, 4 April 2019)

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian had a meeting in Washington with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

They discussed the situation in Syria, in the context of the territorial defeat of Daesh [so-called ISIL] announced by the Syrian Democratic Forces. The French Minister emphasized the need for a political solution to the Syria crisis. Jean-Yves Le Drian also spoke of the absolute need for continued international support for the areas recently liberated from Daesh in north-east Syria. France has supported them since the French President’s announcement in April 2018 of humanitarian and stabilization projects worth €30 million. It recently announced the deployment of emergency aid to deal with the humanitarian needs in displaced people’s camps in the region.

In answer to his counterpart, the Minister reiterated France’s steadfast position regarding the taxation of digital companies. The absolute need for fair taxation requires special measures to be defined for companies in the sector. He also asked the United States to join efforts led by Bruno Le Maire for France with a view to speeding up the negotiations begun on adopting international taxation on the digital sector at the OECD, which will replace national taxes.