European Union - Jean-Yves Le Drian’s participation in the meeting of foreign affairs ministers (video conference, 15 June 2020)

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Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will take part in the video conference of EU foreign affairs ministers on June 15.

This meeting will principally focus on the relations between the EU and the United States. During the meeting, the ministers of the 27 member states will have an opportunity to exchange views with United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on trans-Atlantic cooperation in the management of the Covid-19 crisis, the fight against disinformation and the importance of promoting multilateralism. This meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss the EU and United States’ relations with key partners such as China and Russia, as well as the crises in Africa and the Middle East, especially the Middle East peace process, in order to reaffirm the EU’s attachment to international law and the two-state solution.

During the discussions with the U.S. secretary of state, France will notably stress the importance for the EU, as well as for the United States, of conveying constructive and convergent messages to China in order to defend a multilateral system based on rules and greater reciprocity, notably requiring more ambitious Chinese commitments in the areas of fair trade, the fight against climate change and sustainable development, without overlooking the issue of human rights.

The Minister should also underscore the great importance of the U.S. commitment in the Sahel to combatting terrorism, in support of Operation Barkhane and the G5 Sahel Joint Force, following the ministerial meeting of the Coalition for the Sahel on June 12. He will also bring up the issue of Libya, stressing the need to encourage all the Libyan stakeholders and their international backers to commit fully to political dialogue, and emphasizing the importance of quickly identifying a successor to Ghassam Salamé, the UN secretary-general’s special representative.

Lastly, the ministers will address other current international issues, including the holding of a conference in Berlin on June 25 to support the political transition in Sudan, and the EU’s commitment to compliance with international law in the eastern Mediterranean.