"N. Haley is one of the most talented U.S. government officials that I have met", Mr. Delattre
Nikki Haley / Syria
Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
9 October 2018
Let me first say a few words about Ambassador Haley.
I will miss Nikki Haley a lot. First, because we have been friends ever since she was the Governor of South Carolina and I was Ambassador to Washington. And second, because even though we didn’t agree on everything, we had established a particularly close and constructive working relationship based on trust. Nikki Haley is one of the most talented, most authentic U.S. government officials that I have ever met.
Now, just one word on Syria and the chemical dossier.
It is, as you know, of utmost importance for France to prevent the use of chemical weapons in Syria; this is one of our top priorities. And we follow very closely the implementation of the agreement reached by Russia and Turkey on Idlib. It is necessary to preserve the ceasefire beyond the completion dates set by the agreement. An offensive would have disastrous consequences.