Latest Jean-Yves Le Drian News

The Latest: Australia won't retrieve refugees in cease-fire

Oct. 17, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 03:15 a.m. Australia has ruled out retrieving dozens of Australian women and children from refugee camps during the cease-fire in Syria. Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said Friday the situation remained too...

FM: Iraq will only repatriate IS fighters who are Iraqis

Oct. 17, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq will only take back its own citizens and their families who fought with the Islamic State group in Syria, not those from other countries, Iraq's foreign minister said Thursday. Mohammed Ali al-Hakim said the home countries of other former IS members and their families should take the...

The Latest: US envoy urges Turkey to stop Syria offensive

Oct. 16, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 12:45 a.m. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is urging Turkey to halt its offensive in northeastern Syria "and declare a cease-fire immediately." Kelly Craft said Wednesday that a delegation led by Vice...

In Iraq, concern that Syria chaos would bring back IS

Oct. 16, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

RABIAA, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's defense minister on Wednesday expressed concerns that the Islamic State group could take advantage of Turkey's invasion of northern Syria to destabilize Iraq, saying that a number of militants have been able to escape detention in Syria amid the chaos and cross into Iraq....

The Latest: Erdogan rejects call for ceasefire in Syria

Oct. 15, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's offensive in northern Syria (all times local): 12:50 a.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he rejects a call from U.S. President Donald Trump to declare a ceasefire and halt Turkey's military offensive in northeastern Syria. Erdogan said: "They...

The Latest: US troops leaving Syria to stay in Middle East

Oct. 15, 2019 3:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 11:35 p.m. President Donald Trump says the roughly 1,000 U.S. troops he has ordered to leave Syria will remain in the Middle East to prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State threat. In a written statement Monday announcing...

EU nations commit to arms export ban against Turkey

Oct. 14, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European Union nations vented outrage Monday at Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria against the Kurds and joined France and Germany in banning arms sales to Ankara, a rare move against a NATO ally for many of them. Many EU foreign ministers were looking beyond a strong statement...

The Latest: French minister: No-deal Brexit most likely

Oct. 1, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Latest on British politics and Brexit plans (all times local): 5:40 p.m. France's foreign minister says that a no-deal Brexit is "the most plausible" possibility for the moment. Jean-Yves Le Drian told France's lower house of parliament that the European Union "remains...

France says top issue is de-escalation _ not US-Iran talks

Sep. 22, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France's top diplomat said Sunday the most pressing issue following attacks on key Saudi Arabian oil installations is not a potential meeting between the leaders of the United States and Iran but whether it's possible to de-escalate the current "dangerous" situation. Foreign Minister...

Iran envoy: 'All-out war' to result if hit for Saudi attack

Sep. 19, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Any attack on Iran by the U.S. or Saudi Arabia will spark an "all-out war," Tehran's top diplomat warned Thursday, raising the stakes as Washington and Riyadh weigh a response to a drone-and-missile strike on the kingdom's oil industry that shook global energy markets....