United States - Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (Washington, 4-5 October 2018)


Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Washington from October 4 to 5.

During this visit, Jean-Yves Le Drian will continue his regular exchanges with his counterpart, Michael Pompeo. He will also meet with John Bolton, President Trump’s national security adviser.

The minister will discuss with his interlocutors the major international issues on which our countries cooperate.

With respect to Iran, the minister will reaffirm that we share common concerns with the United States, with our approach based on exerting pressure on and negotiating with Iran. He will signal France’s attachment to ensuring that Iran complies with all of its obligations under the JCPOA and our desire for discussions on the nuclear program beyond 2025-2030, as well as on the restriction of Iran’s missile-related activities and on its regional role. Mr. Le Drian will discuss the situation of the European operators in the face of America’s extraterritorial sanctions.

Following the ministerial meeting on Syria on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Jean-Yves Le Drian will discuss the situation in Idlib and the relaunching of the political process.

With respect to Libya, Jean-Yves Le Drian will underscore the importance of swiftly implementing the priorities identified during the ministerial meeting in New York last week. This means supporting the mediation efforts of Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Ghassan Salamé and Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, imposing sanctions against those who impede the political process and making progress toward transparent, peaceful and well-prepared elections as swiftly as possible.

With respect to the Middle East, the minister will reaffirm that we must take action within the framework of international law, notably the Security Council resolutions, using negotiations as our method, with the goal remaining two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders, with Jerusalem as the capital of both states.

The minister will also discuss the fight against terrorism in Africa to which our two countries make a significant contribution. He will take stock of the scaling up of the G5 Sahel Joint Force, which demonstrated increased capabilities during the most recent operations. He will underscore the importance of continuing to mobilize the international community in support of the force.

Following the meeting of the Security Council chaired by Mr. Pompeo on North Korea, the minister will reaffirm our desire to make progress toward a solution that will make complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization possible. He will discuss President Macron’s desire to renew the formats and ambitions of the G7 which France will chair in 2019, and the United States will chair in 2020, as well as our support for the EU’s proposals to modernize the WTO.

France maintains close dialogue with the United States, based on mutual respect and trust. France and the United States are historical allies, as will be reaffirmed on November 11 during the commemorations to mark the end of World War I; the American president has announced that he will take part in these commemorations.