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Meeting Between Minister Laurent Fabius and Secretary John Kerry

Meeting Between Minister Laurent Fabius and Secretary John Kerry

Published on November 6, 2014
Statements by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, during his joint press briefing with his American counterpart
Paris, November 5, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen,

It’s been a great pleasure hosting my colleague and friend, John Kerry. We discussed issues which aren’t easy, but which obviously affect the United States, France and many other countries.

We spoke about what’s happening in Iraq and Syria, because, as you know, the United States and France are committed to fighting Daesh [ISIL]. We took stock of what’s currently being done and what we can do in the future.

We talked at length about the negotiation with Iran regarding the nuclear issue; indeed, we’re working in the framework of what’s called the 5+1. There’s a deadline, 24 November, and so it’s very important for the United States and France to have identical positions by repeating what lies at the core of our firm belief: Iran has every right to use civilian nuclear power, civilian nuclear energy, but the atomic bomb: no. It’s on that basis that the discussions are being conducted and this is going to continue.

We also spoke about the situation in Lebanon and the nature of the Israel-Palestine issue today. John Kerry and I are very accustomed to discussing these issues and it’s extremely important for the United States and France to consult each other because, as you well know, our democratic values are yours.

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