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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - February 17, 2017)

Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - February 17, 2017)

Published on March 16, 2015


Iraq / Terrorism / Attacks in Baghdad / February 15 and 16 – Reminder of the statement issued by the spokesperson (Feb. 16, 2017)

France condemns the attacks perpetrated on February 15 and 16 in Baghdad which killed several dozen people.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and to the Iraqi people and authorities, and wish the injured a speedy recovery.

France, alongside its coalition partners, reaffirms its full support for the Iraqi armed forces in the fight against terrorism. It will continue to play its full role in ridding the Iraqi territory of terrorist groups and supporting Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s government in its efforts to promote national reconciliation and ensure stability in Iraq.

 


Pakistan/ Attack – Reminder of the statement issued by the spokesperson (Feb. 16, 2017)

France utterly condemns the attack perpetrated today against a Sufi shrine in Sindh Province in Pakistan, which killed dozens of people and injured more than 100 others.

In these tragic circumstances, France extends its condolences to the victims’ families.

France reaffirms its unwavering determination and stands alongside Pakistan in the face of the scourge of terrorism.

 


International security – Jean-Marc Ayrault’s participation in the Munich Security Conference (Feb. 17 to 18, 2017)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, is attending the 53rd edition of the Munich Security Conference from February 17 to 18.

This year, the conference will focus on the future of transatlantic relations and NATO, the status of European security and defense cooperation and relations with Russia. The Syrian crisis, security in the Asia-Pacific region and the "Information war" are also on the agenda.

The minister will notably participate in a panel on European security and transatlantic relations together with his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel.

 


Ukraine – Ministerial meeting in the Normandy format in Munich (Feb. 18, 2017)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will take part in a ministerial meeting in the Normandy format in Munich on February 18 together with his German, Russian and Ukrainian counterparts. While tensions remain high in eastern Ukraine, especially around the town of Avdiivka, the implementation of the Minsk Agreements remains a top priority.

The minister will outline concrete measures to improve the security situation, notably the continued disengagement of forces along the line of contact. Observance of the ceasefire should contribute to the implementation of humanitarian measures, such as the opening of additional crossing points and the restoration of critical infrastructure for the local population. Particular attention will be given to the exchange of prisoners, which represents a necessary confidence-building measure between the parties.

France affirms its attachment to the role of the "Normandy format" in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, which are the only way to ensure a peaceful and lasting solution to the crisis between Russia and Ukraine.

 


Ireland – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault to Dublin (Feb. 22, 2017)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit Dublin on Wednesday, February 22, at the invitation of his Irish counterpart, Charles Flanagan, whom he received in Paris on December 1.

The two ministers will take stock of key European and international issues, especially the future of the EU and the Middle East peace process.

Jean-Marc Ayrault will also deliver a speech to the Institute of International and European Affairs, and will take part in the Irish Exporters Association’s Council meeting where he will present the opportunities offered by our country to potential investors.

 


United Nations – Matthias Fekl to attend General Assembly meeting marking the 10th anniversary of the Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance (New York, Feb. 17, 2017)

Matthias Fekl, minister of state at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development responsible for foreign trade, the promotion of tourism, and French nationals abroad, will represent France at the high-level meeting organized by the President of the UN General Assembly for the 10th anniversary of the Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

This convention is a tool to combat impunity and to support the loved ones of those who have disappeared, whose rights are set forth in this text.

France has actively worked within the UN for 30 years to combat forced disappearances and will continue to fight for the convention’s universal ratification.

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