Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, April 15, 2014)

Yemen – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Khaled Bahah, Yemeni Oil Minister (Paris, April 15, 2014)
Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the meeting of the foreign ministers of the EU Mediterranean states (Alicante, April 16, 2014)
Libya – Kidnapping of the Jordanian ambassador (April 15, 2014)
Madagascar – Appointment of Mr. Roger Kolo as prime minister (April 11, 2014)
News about the cooperation network – First joint committee on the France-Korea Year (Paris, April 16, 2014)


Yemen – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Khaled Bahah, Yemeni Oil Minister (Paris, April 15, 2014)

This morning, Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, received Mr. Khaled Bahah, Yemeni Oil Minister, within the framework of France’s support for the political transition in Yemen.

France welcomes the start of work on drafting the constitution; it will lend technical support to this work.

The completion of this work will make it possible to launch, as swiftly as possible, the electoral process as set out in the political transition.

Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the meeting of the foreign ministers of the EU Mediterranean states (Alicante, April 16, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will travel tomorrow to Alicante for a meeting of the “Mediterranean Group” at the invitation of José Manuel Garcia Margallo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain. The Cypriot, Greek, Italian, Maltese and Portuguese ministers of foreign affairs will also attend the meeting, as well as Mr. Sijilmassi, Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean.

This meeting will make it possible to confirm the participants’ shared determination to strengthen their cooperation with the countries on the southern shore of the Mediterranean and to support the political transitions under way in North Africa.


Libya – Kidnapping of the Jordanian ambassador (April 15, 2014)

France condemns the kidnapping of the Jordanian ambassador in Tripoli. We call on the Libyan authorities to do everything possible to protect diplomatic personnel and premises, in accordance with the Vienna Convention.

France urges the Libyans to reject the use of force and to work together to continue the transition and build a state governed by the rule of law, while seeking to remain faithful to the principles that guided the revolution.


Madagascar – Appointment of Mr. Roger Kolo as prime minister (April 11, 2014)

France congratulates Mr. Roger Kolo on his appointment as prime minister of Madagascar.

We wish him every success.

This appointment, following free and transparent elections that were welcomed by the entire international community, will now allow Madagascar to put an end to five years of political crisis and return to stability and development.


News about the cooperation network – First joint committee on the France-Korea Year (Paris, April 16, 2014)

The France-Korea Year will take place in France from September 2015 to July 2016, before continuing in Korea from March to December 2016. Numerous events during the course of this year will reflect our dynamic bilateral relationship in all areas. The events will focus on youth (contemporary music, comic strips, video, fashion, sport) and new art forms (digital arts, Twitterature).

This cultural exchange year will be co-chaired by Mr. Henri Loyrette for the French part of the year, and by Mr. Cho Yang-ho, Chairman of Korean Air, for the Korean part. It will be supported in France by a patrons committee led by Mr. Stéphane Israël, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace.

The first joint committee will meet on April 16 at the Quai d'Orsay in the presence of Mr. Stéphane Dovert, French Commissioner-General, and Mr. Choe Junho, Korean Artistic Director. The participants will be received on this occasion by Ms. Fleur Pellerin, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad.

France is now the 10th largest foreign investor in Korea, where almost 200 French companies employ more than 20,000 people. The France-Korea Year will provide an opportunity to boost investment and encourage exchanges focusing on joint economic, scientific and academic projects.