Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, January 13, 2014)

Egypt – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Nabil Fahmy, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs (Paris, January 13, 2014)
Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Sergey Lavrov, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs (Paris, January 13, 2014)
Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Evangelos Venizelos, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece (Paris, January 13, 2014)
Mali – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr.Bert Koenders, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Mali (Paris, January 13, 2014)
Libya – Murder of the deputy minister of industry (January 11, 2014)
Haiti – Reconstruction assistance


Egypt – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Nabil Fahmy, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs (Paris, January 13, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met this morning with his Egyptian counterpart, Mr. Nabil Fahmy, who was in Paris to attend the Friends of Syria “Core Group” meeting.

In addition to regional issues, the ministers discussed the political transition in Egypt, notably in the context of the constitutional referendum to be held on January 14 and 15.

Mr. Laurent Fabius reaffirmed his support for the transition process under way in Egypt aimed at re-establishing the democratically elected civilian institutions, while respecting public freedoms. These institutions should be open to all political movements that reject violence, in accordance with the commitments set out in the road map.

 

Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Sergey Lavrov, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs (Paris, January 13, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, received his Russian counterpart, Mr. Sergey Lavrov, this morning.

This meeting, which was held the day after the Friends of Syria “Core Group” meeting, provided an opportunity to review preparations for the Geneva II conference, as well as other regional issues, notably Iran.

The two ministers also discussed the main bilateral cooperation projects and agreed to work together to support Russian investments in France and French investments in Russia. Mr. Laurent Fabius expressed the wish that special attention be given to mobility between our two countries, in particular with respect to students.

 

Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Evangelos Venizelos, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece (Paris, January 13, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will today meet with Mr. Evangelos Venizelos, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the main challenges facing the Greek presidency of the EU. The ministers will discuss the priority issues: growth and employment, the banking union and the strengthening of the economic and monetary union, migration, maritime policy, expansion, the Eastern Partnership and the situation in the Middle East.

Mr. Fabius and Mr. Venizelos will also review the different aspects of our bilateral relations.

 

Mali – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr.Bert Koenders, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Mali (Paris, January 13, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will today receive Mr. Bert Koenders, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Mali.

Mr. Fabius and Mr. Koenders will review the situation and role of the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in support of stabilization, political dialogue and national reconciliation.


Libya – Murder of the deputy minister of industry (January 11, 2014)

France condemns the killing in Surt on January 11 of Mr. Hassan al-Droui, Libyan Deputy Minister of Industry. It extends its condolences to his family and friends. It would like to see those responsible swiftly identified and tried.

France calls on all Libyans to reject violence. It reaffirms its support for Libya’s government and Congress in their efforts to complete the democratic transition, preserve national unity and build a state governed by the rule of law and based on democratic institutions.

 

Haiti – Reconstruction assistance

Four years after the tragic earthquake of January 12, 2010, France stands alongside the Haitian people, with whom we share a common history, geography and language, and supports its reconstruction efforts. 

Reconstruction projects still continue to be implemented with French assistance. Our action notably made it possible to initiate the renovation of the State University Hospital of Haiti and two neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince. Special efforts have been made in the area of education and higher education: 700 young Haitian people were able to continue their studies in France; a dozen academic institutions offering distance learning courses were established; a bilateral road map for the modernization of the state and the education sector in Haiti was adopted in October 2012 for the period 2013-2015. Guadeloupe, French Guyana and Martinique are especially mobilized.

Following the disaster, aid amounting to €326 million was mobilized by France.

France intends to remain a key partner of Haiti, with which our relations are developing in all areas.