Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, July 18, 2014)

Middle East – Visit by Mr. Laurent Fabius (July 18 to 20, 2014)
Vietnam – Visit by Ms. Fleur Pellerin (July 21 to 22, 2014)
Fight against HIV/ AIDS – 20th International Conference (Melbourne, July 20 to 25, 2014)
Democratic Republic of Congo – Appointment of Mr. Said Djinnit as Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region (July 17, 2014)
Guinea-Bissau – United Nations – Appointment of Mr. Miguel Trovoada (July 16, 2014)
South Africa – Death of Nadine Gordimer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (July 14, 2014)


Middle East – Visit by Mr. Laurent Fabius (July 18 to 20, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will today travel to Cairo where he will meet with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, as well as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shukri. Mr. Laurent Fabius will also meet with his Italian counterpart, Federica Mogherini, whose country holds the presidency of the European Union.

The minister of foreign and European affairs will travel to Amman tomorrow in order meet with the Jordanian authorities.

He will then travel to Tel Aviv, notably in order to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

This visit is aimed at supporting all efforts to achieve an immediate ceasefire. It is essential to put an end to the spiral of violence, support the implementation of a lasting truce and ensure the resumption of the negotiations to achieve a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.



Vietnam – Visit by Ms. Fleur Pellerin (July 21 to 22, 2014)

Following her visit to Australia, Ms. Fleur Pellerin, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will visit Vietnam from July 21 to 22. This visit is aimed at developing our bilateral trade relations (with a continued deficit of €2 billion) by increasing the market share of French companies to the level of the ambitions set by the bilateral strategic partnership signed in 2013.

It’s in this context that Ms. Fleur Pellerin will meet in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with the Vietnamese authorities in order to remind them of France’s expectations with respect to market access, to support our firms in the strategic sectors and to promote French expertise in promising areas such as urban infrastructure. Ms. Fleur Pellerin will also meet with the largest Vietnamese companies in order to promote the attractiveness of France and its economic base.

She will be accompanied by about 10 companies from the energy, agri-food and finance sectors, as well as Mr. Philippe Varin, Special Representative for ASEAN.


Fight against HIV/ AIDS – 20th International Conference (Melbourne, July 20 to 25, 2014)

The 20th International AIDS Conference will take place from July 20 to 25 in Melbourne under the chairmanship of our compatriot Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine, and with the participation of a large French interministerial delegation.

This conference will take place in especially painful circumstances, since many of the planned participants were, according to the most recent information available, on flight MH17. It is with great sadness that we pay tribute to them and commend their commitment. This is a significant loss for the international community involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The conference in Melbourne will address the various components of the fight against HIV/AIDS: scientific research, update on the infections associated with HIV such as hepatitis C, the role of the fight against pandemics in the post-2015 development objectives, and the fight against discrimination and stigmatization.

This conference is taking place 7 months after the successful conference to replenish the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the period 2014-2016 – with France’s contribution remaining at €360 million per year as in the three previous years. France has been, from the outset, the 2nd largest contributor to the Global Fund. To date, the Global Fund has enabled 6.6 million people to have access to anti-retroviral treatment. It has also funded the detection and treatment of 11.9 million cases of tuberculosis and the distribution of 410 million impregnated mosquito nets. France is also the largest contributor to the International Drug Purchase Facility, UNITAID, which provided grants in May to speed up the availability of innovative drugs to combat HIV/AIDS.

The France stand will bring together key public actors and associations involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

For more information please visit: www.standfranceaids2014.fr



Democratic Republic of Congo – Appointment of Mr. Said Djinnit as
Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region (July 17, 2014)

France welcomes the appointment of Mr. Said Djinnit as Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region. He succeeds Mary Robinson, whose action we commend.

Like the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Martin Koble, Said Djinnit will be able to count on France’s full support.

He will be responsible for mobilizing the efforts of all countries in the Great Lakes region and the international partners to find a lasting solution to the Great Lakes crisis. The full implementation in good faith of the Addis Ababa agreement of February 2013 will be key to achieving this goal.


Guinea-Bissau – United Nations – Appointment of Mr. Miguel Trovoada (July 16, 2014)

France congratulates Miguel Trovoada on his appointment as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Guinea-Bissau and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau. He succeeds Mr. José Ramos-Horta, who played a critical role in the re-establishment of constitutional order and the successful conduct of the elections in Guinea Bissau.

Mr. Trovoada will be able to count on France’s support in carrying out his mission.

His extensive experience, notably as head of São Tomé and Príncipe and the Executive Secretariat of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, will enable him to support the newly elected authorities and mobilize the efforts of all regional and international partners toward achieving lasting stability in Guinea Bissau.


South Africa – Death of Nadine Gordimer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (July 14, 2014)

We were extremely saddened to learn of the death on July 14 in Johannesburg of Nadine Gordimer.

We extend our condolences to her family as well as the South African people.

Nadine Gordimer was a talented writer committed to the fight against apartheid; she leaves behind an important collection of work. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991 and was awarded the rank of Officer of the National Order of Merit and Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.