Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - October 27, 2016)
• European Union - Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault – Meeting of the foreign ministers of the 5+5 Dialogue (Marseille - October 28, 2016)
• Ukraine – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman (Paris - October 27, 2016)
• Armenia – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Armenia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian (Paris - October 27, 2016)
• Bulgaria – Meeting between Harlem Désir and the minister of justice (Paris - October 27, 2016)
• Italy – Earthquake
I utterly condemn the bombing targeted against a school in Idlib on October 26. At least 22 children and numerous civilians were killed.
The Syrian regime and its supporters - far from implementing the announced truces - have stepped up their bombing campaign. These attacks constitute serious violations of international humanitarian law.
An effective and lasting cessation of hostilities is the only way to allow the delivery of humanitarian assistance and establish the conditions necessary for the resumption of negotiations. France, in collaboration with its partners, will spare no effort to find a political solution, in accordance with UNSCR 2254 and the Geneva Communiqué.
Together with my Moroccan counterpart, Salaheddine Mezouar, I will receive, on October 28 in Marseille, the foreign affairs ministers of the 5+5 Dialogue, which brings together both shores of the Mediterranean and the co-presidency of which France and Morocco hold this year.
This forum brings together Algeria, Spain, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Mauritania, Portugal and Tunisia.
This meeting will provide an opportunity to strengthen our dialogue and our security cooperation at a time when the regional crises in Syria, Iraq, Libya, the Sahel and the Middle East are of course a topic of great concern.
We also wanted this 13th edition of the 5+5 Dialogue to focus on the future, especially the future of the young people in our countries. Based on the conviction that we must provide them with answers with respect to mobility, training and academic, economic and cultural exchanges, this meeting will also provide an opportunity to meet with young people who will have taken part in the annual forum of the Anna Lindh Foundation in Malta a few days before.
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Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman today, within the framework of the French-Ukrainian Business Forum.
They will take stock of bilateral relations, notably with respect to economic issues. They will also discuss the implementation of the structural reforms undertaken by Ukraine and French support for this process.
France’s support for Ukraine is constant. We will continue to work within the Normandy format to achieve a lasting political solution to the conflict in the eastern part of the country.
Jean-Marc Ayrault will receive his Armenian counterpart, Edward Nalbandian, today.
This meeting will provide an opportunity to give a boost to French-Armenian relations, notably through the signing of two bilateral cooperation agreements.
Jean-Marc Ayrault and Edward Nalbandian will take stock of the proposals made by the co-chairs of the Minsk Group aimed at finding a negotiated, peaceful and lasting solution to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will meet today with Ekaterina Zakharieva, Minister of Justice of Bulgaria.
This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss bilateral cooperation and the issues relating to justice and internal affairs within the European forums
Italy again experienced a series of earthquakes during the evening of October 26, notably in the areas already affected by the earthquake on August 24.
France expresses its wholehearted solidarity with the Italian people and stands ready to provide any support the Italian authorities deem necessary.