Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, March 21, 2013)

 

Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Chadian counterpart, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat (Paris, March 21, 2013)
Visit by Mr. Laurent Fabius to the Netherlands (March 21, 2013)
Visit to the United States by Ms. Hélène Conway-Mouret (March 21 to 25, 2013)
Firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel
Attacks in Turkey



Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Chadian counterpart, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat (Paris, March 21, 2013)

This morning Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, received Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Minister of Foreign Affairs and African Integration of the Republic of Chad.

Chad is a key partner of France in central Africa; it is providing critical military support to Operation Serval in Mali. The minister therefore paid tribute to the commitment of Chadian soldiers alongside French forces. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the prospects for resolving the crisis, notably the efforts to establish a UN peacekeeping operation and to promote reconciliation and democracy in Mali.

The ministers also discussed the crisis in the Central African Republic, where the Economic Community of Central African States – which Chad currently chairs – is making substantial political and military efforts to find a peaceful solution.

Lastly, they discussed the regional security issues in the Sahel and notably the terrorist threat.

 

Visit by Mr. Laurent Fabius to the Netherlands (March 21, 2013)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will travel to The Hague today where he will be received by Mr. Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, as well as by Mr. Frans Timmermans, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The discussions will notably focus on the situation in Syria, Operation Serval and the European training mission in Mali, as well as on European issues (deepening of the economic and monetary union, European efforts to promote growth and employment, internal market and free trade agreements between the EU and its major partners). They will also provide an opportunity to discuss issues relating to cultural, scientific and academic cooperation as well as the industrial partnerships between our two countries.

The two foreign ministers will co-chair the French-Dutch Cooperation Council, which brings together actors from civil society who can work together to boost competitiveness in our two countries.

During his visit, Mr. Fabius will present to the University of Leiden France’s vision of the EU’s future, inaugurate the new Embassy of France in The Hague in the presence of his Dutch counterpart and meet with the French community.

 

Visit to the United States by Ms. Hélène Conway-Mouret (March 21 to 25, 2013)

Ms. Hélène Conway-Mouret, Minister Delegate for French Nationals Abroad, will travel to the United States today in order to participate in the annual consular meeting hosted by our ambassador which will bring together the 10 consuls general in the United States. More than 125,000 of our citizens are listed in the United States on the register of French citizens living outside France.

The minister delegate, who has made the modernization of public consular services one of her main priorities, will receive the French community in New York and in Washington and will meet French officials within the UN system. In these two cities, she will also meet with French elected officials and association representatives and will hold a working meeting with French economic actors.

With respect to French education abroad, which is also a priority area, Ms. Conway-Mouret will visit the French lycées in New York and Washington in order to meet the teaching staff and representatives of parents of students. In New York, she will also visit a French-American school following a bilingual curriculum. These bilingual schools – both public and private – contribute to expanding the influence of our language and our country. 129 schools in 27 American states and 80 cities provide education both in French and in English, and manage a network of 15,000 students and 600 teachers.

 

Firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel

France condemns the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel today.

It reaffirms its attachment to the observance of the ceasefire agreement reached at the end of November.

 

Attacks in Turkey

France utterly condemns the attacks perpetrated in the last two days on the buildings belonging to the Turkish Ministry of Justice and the AKP headquarters in Ankara, as well as the explosion that took place near the district of Maltepe, which injured one person.

We extend our solidarity and support to the Turkish authorities and people in their fight against terrorism.

 

Death of Mr. Zillur Rahman, President of the Republic of Bangladesh

We were saddened to learn of the death yesterday of Mr. Zillur Rahman, President of the Republic of Bangladesh, after having served his country for more than 60 years.

In a message to the interim president of Bangladesh, President Hollande extended France’s condolences to the family and to the Bangladeshi people. President Rahman bestowed this great country with dignity and his determination to move forward.  France intends to continue supporting the development of Bangladesh.