News - Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairshttps://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/north-africa-and-middle-east/news/?xtor=RSS-1 enMinistry for Europe and Foreign Affairshttps://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/local/cache-vignettes/L144xH72/visuel_defaut_une_fd-44916-890bc.jpg?1614684369https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr?xtor=RSS-1 Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Ministerial declaration on Sustainable Blue Economy (02 Feb. 2021)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/north-africa-and-middle-east/news/article/union-for-the-mediterranean-ufm-ministerial-declaration-on-sustainable-blue?xtor=RSS-1 UfM Ministers commit to strengthen the blue economy sector and promote sustainable growth in the Mediterranean2021-02-03 18:45:1660060_255840Resumption of diplomatic relations between the member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (06.01.21)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/north-africa-and-middle-east/news/article/resumption-of-diplomatic-relations-between-the-member-states-of-the-cooperation?xtor=RSS-1 France warmly welcomes the statement of solidarity adopted at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit on January 5 in Al Ula, in Saudi Arabia, and welcomes the rapprochement initiated between the members of the GCC. The opening of borders announced on January 4 represents an important positive step in this reconciliation process. France especially welcomes the mediation efforts of Kuwait, the role of the United States and the efforts of all of the countries that helped secure this (…) 2021-01-07 08:44:4560060_254917Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (9 Dec.20)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/north-africa-and-middle-east/news/article/cooperation-council-for-the-arab-states-of-the-gulf-9-dec-20?xtor=RSS-1 France welcomes the encouraging discussions initiated between the Arab countries of the Gulf with a view toward reconciliation. France notably welcomed the efforts of Kuwait, whose mediation it has supported since the beginning of the crisis, aimed at establishing the conditions necessary for easing tensions over the long term. France maintains close relations with each of the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Peaceful relations between these states is a necessary condition (…) 2020-12-09 18:56:0060060_254432Union for the Mediterranean – Jean-Yves Le Drian at the 5th UfM Regional Forum (27 Nov. 2020)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/north-africa-and-middle-east/news/article/union-for-the-mediterranean-jean-yves-le-drian-at-the-5th-ufm-regional-forum-27?xtor=RSS-1 Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian took part in a videoconference of Union for the Mediterranean foreign ministers on the occasion of the 5th UfM Regional Forum. This year's conference was held on the anniversary of the launch of the Barcelona Process in 1995. The Minister expressed his hope that the UfM's activities would focus on very concrete actions, especially in the implementation of joint projects between EU member states and the other Mediterranean nations. (…) 2020-11-27 17:46:4560060_254116Union for the Mediterranean – Franck Riester attending the 11th Trade Ministerial Conference (10 Nov. 2020)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/north-africa-and-middle-east/news/article/union-for-the-mediterranean-franck-riester-attending-the-11th-trade-ministerial?xtor=RSS-1 Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, attended the 11th Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Trade Ministerial Conference today. The purpose of the meeting was to review the state of trade within the UfM during the health and economic crisis and to propose ways to strengthen trading ties in the region. UfM members adopted a joint statement reaffirming their wish to work together to continue (…) 2020-11-12 16:27:5160060_253552Communiqué by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (13 Aug. 2020)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/north-africa-and-middle-east/news/article/communique-by-jean-yves-le-drian-minister-for-europe-and-foreign-affairs-13-aug?xtor=RSS-1 France welcomes the announcement of a normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, which are both essential French partners in the region. The decision made in this context by the Israeli authorities to suspend annexation of Palestinian territories is a positive step which needs to become permanent. The new mind-set illustrated by these announcements now needs to enable resumed negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians with a view to establishing two (…) 2020-08-14 11:55:4660060_251424Gulf - Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing (06.08.19)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/north-africa-and-middle-east/news/article/gulf-q-a-excerpt-from-the-daily-press-briefing-06-08-19?xtor=RSS-1 Q : Do you have any comment on England's decision to join the U.S. maritime security mission in the Gulf? Might France follow its allies in this mission? A : France takes note of the British decision to join the international maritime security mission launched by the United States to protect its security interests in the immediate term. It emphasizes that the freedom of navigation in the Gulf is crucial to regional security and world peace and calls on the Iranian authorities to promptly (…) 2019-08-07 15:36:2060060_243578Gulf - Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing (02.08.19)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/north-africa-and-middle-east/news/article/gulf-q-a-excerpt-from-the-daily-press-briefing-02-08-19?xtor=RSS-1 Q : Germany is apparently rejecting a request to take part in the naval security and/or observation force in the Persian Gulf following the recent incidents involving tankers. Do you have any comment given European efforts to strengthen military preparations and objectives within the EU? A : The freedom of navigation in the Gulf is key to regional security and global trade. Discussions are continuing with our interested European partners, notably the United Kingdom and Germany, on the (…) 2019-08-05 08:22:3460060_243510Naval incidents in the Gulf of Oman - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (14.06.19)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/north-africa-and-middle-east/news/article/naval-incidents-in-the-gulf-of-oman-q-a-excerpts-from-the-daily-press-briefing?xtor=RSS-1 Q : What information do you have on the attack on two oil tankers Thursday in the Gulf of Oman? Do you, like the United States, believe that Iran bears responsibility for this attack? Q : What is your assessment of the video the Americans provided on the incidents in the Gulf of Oman? A : We were deeply concerned to learn of the attack on two oil tankers yesterday in the Gulf of Oman and we condemn that attack. These incidents will fuel the already strong tensions in the region. It is (…) 2019-06-17 11:19:4360060_242760Naval incident in the Sea of Oman - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (13.06.19)https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/north-africa-and-middle-east/news/article/naval-incident-in-the-sea-of-oman-q-a-excerpts-from-the-daily-press-briefing-13?xtor=RSS-1 Q : What is your response to the incidents that took place in the Sea of Oman this morning? Has the French naval base in Abu Dhabi been informed? A : We have learned that a troubling incident involving two tankers in the Sea of Oman took place today, in a context of increasing tensions in the region, as also reflected by the attack targeted against Abha Airport in Saudi Arabia yesterday, which we strongly condemned. We call on all actors concerned, with whom we are in continuous contact, (…) 2019-06-14 11:02:1960060_242735