European Union - Jean-Yves Le Drian’s participation in the Foreign Affairs Council (Luxembourg, 16 October 2017)


Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will take part in the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg on October 16. This meeting will take place just ahead of the European Council on October 19 and 20.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • Iran: The ministers will take stock of the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). France and its main partners are more attached than ever to the full implementation by all parties of this deal that is critical to the fight against nuclear proliferation;
  • North Korea: Following the nuclear test on September 3, 2017, the discussions will address three issues: the implementation of UNSCR 2375, which has been effective since October 1; new autonomous European sanctions which will be adopted during the Council; and the steps to be taken with third countries in order to ensure the effective implementation of the UN sanctions;
  • Turkey: The discussions will focus on Turkey’s role and our cooperation with respect to resolving regional crises (Syria, Iraq, Libya), migration issues and the fight against Daesh;
  • Human rights: In the presence of Special Representative of the EU for Human Rights Stavros Lambrinidis, the discussions will reaffirm the importance of European unity and of the strong expression of its commitment to the promotion and respect of human rights, especially during the Human Rights Council sessions and at the UN General Assembly;
  • Migration: Jean-Yves Le Drian will present the results of the summit on August 28 in Versailles, which brought together the heads of state and government of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Niger and Chad as well as Federica Mogherini and the Libyan prime minister. He will highlight the initial results of the implementation of the joint statement on the central Mediterranean route and the migration routes leading to it in North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. We will also discuss the importance of the protection missions in Libya’s neighboring countries (Niger and Chad) with a view toward resettling refugees as well as the support provided to these two countries to secure the Libya’s southern border;

Conclusions will be adopted on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and operation EUFOR ALTHEA, the new European strategy on Afghanistan as well as the situation in Myanmar/ Burma