Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, June 6, 2014)

Algeria – Visit by Mr. Laurent Fabius to Algiers (June 8 to 9, 2014)
Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Kazakh counterpart (Paris, June 10, 2014)
Ukraine


Algeria – Visit by Mr. Laurent Fabius to Algiers (June 8 to 9, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius will conduct an official visit to Algeria from June 8 to 9, 2014.

He will meet with President Bouteflika, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, his counterpart Ramtane Lamamra, and Abdelkader Messahel, Minister Delegate for Maghreb and African Affairs, as well as Abdeslam Bouchouareb, Minister of Industry.

This visit will provide an opportunity to continue bilateral dialogue on regional security issues, and notably on Mali and Libya.

This visit will also focus on economic issues. The minister will be accompanied by a delegation of French entrepreneurs in order to continue lending support to industrial partnership projects.

The minister will continue to pursue bilateral discussions on all youth-focused cooperation projects, and notably on issues relating to training and employability. He will also discuss issues relating to the deep human ties between France and Algeria.


Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Kazakh counterpart (Paris, June 10, 2014)

On June 10, Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive his Kazakh counterpart, Mr. Erlan Idrissov.

The minister, who traveled to Astana on March 1, 2013, will discuss with his counterpart the strengthening of French-Kazakh bilateral relations, notably in the economic field. They will discuss the participation of French companies in the international exhibition on the theme of “Future Energy” due to be hosted by Kazakhstan in 2017. They will also review preparations for the Kazakhstan Cultural Season that France will host this fall.

Mr. Fabius and Mr. Idrissov will also discuss current international issues, in particular the situation in Ukraine, as well as relations between Kazakhstan and the EU and Kazakhstan’s bid to join the World Trade Organization.


Ukraine

Does Paris consider it necessary to investigate reports about the use of force by the Kiev authorities (air strikes, use of cluster weapons) which may be considered a war crime?

Please refer to the communiqué issued by the heads of state and government of the G7 on June 4 which notably indicates: “We call upon the illegal armed groups to disarm. We encourage the Ukrainian authorities to maintain a measured approach in pursuing operations to restore law and order.”