Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, July 16, 2014)

 

Serbia/ Bosnia and Herzegovina – Impact of the floods – Donors’ conference (Brussels, July 16, 2014)
Iraq – Speaker of Parliament
Afghanistan – Attack in Paktika province (July 15, 2014)


Serbia/ Bosnia and Herzegovina – Impact of the floods – Donors’ conference (Brussels, July 16, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will today participate in the international donors’ conference to support reconstruction in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina following the catastrophic floods in May. He will co-chair this meeting with Slovenian Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek and European Commissioners Stefan Füle and Kristalina Georgieva.

This conference, which was organized following the meeting between President Hollande and his Serbian counterpart on May 22, will make it possible to raise funds to meet the most urgent needs: the reconstruction of housing before winter, road and rail infrastructure, energy, economic recovery and support for small and medium-sized firms. It will also make it possible to implement joint projects in critical areas, such as regional water management and the fight against climate change.

Since the flooding in May, France has been mobilized to contribute to reconstruction in the devastated areas in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Iraq – Speaker of Parliament

France welcomes the election on July 15 of Salim al-Jubouri as speaker of Iraq’s Parliament, as well as the election of Haider al-Abadi and Aram al-Sheikh Mohammed as first and second deputy speakers.

This is an important step toward the resumption of the political and democratic process that is crucial to addressing the challenges facing Iraq.

The current crisis can only be resolved through an inclusive political solution that is acceptable to all components of the Iraqi population.


Afghanistan – Attack in Paktika province (July 15, 2014)

France condemns the attack perpetrated on July 15 in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan, which resulted in the deaths of numerous civilians.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families.

At this painful time, France assures the Afghan authorities and people of its solidarity.