Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson
(excerpts)

(Paris, July 30, 2007)

[Please note that only the original French text issued by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs may be considered official.]


AFGHANISTAN/TRAVEL ADVISORY

The security situation on Afghan territory has further deteriorated in the last few days, including in Kabul and areas close to the capital. The risks of suicide attacks and kidnappings are growing.

The Afghan Interior Ministry indicates that no roads are secure, advises against all travel and requires members of NGOs to leave Kabul only when accompanied by an armed escort.

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs strongly advises against going to Afghanistan and recommends that any of our compatriots who may be there contact the French Embassy for more precise information about the situation locally.

COTE D’IVOIRE

Q - President Laurent Gbagbo went to the northern part of Côte d’Ivoire today for the first time since 2002. Do you have any reaction to this event?

President Gbagbo’s visit to northern Côte d’Ivoire comes in the context of the peace process which began with the Ouagadougou accord brokered by President Blaise Compaore. It is a further step in the implementation of this agreement which is to lead to free and transparent elections between now and the end of the year or beginning of 2008.

NIGER/FRANCE

Q - Is there a press conference scheduled after Mr. Kouchner’s meeting with Niger’s Foreign Minister Aichatou Mindaoudou? At what level is Mr. Sarkozy going to participate in this diplomatic visit? Can we expect other diplomatic meetings between France and Niger today or in the next few days?

No press briefing has been scheduled to follow the meeting between Aichatou Mindaoudou and Bernard Kouchner.

With regard to the president, I refer you to the Elysée.

As for your third question, we have regular and friendly dialogue with Niger./.

Embassy of France, July 30, 2007