Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, November 4, 2014)

Lebanon – Saudi Arabia
Burkina Faso
Portugal – Visit by Mr. Harlem Désir (November 4, 2014)
Pakistan – Attack at the Wagah border post (November 2, 2014)

Lebanon – Saudi Arabia

I welcome the signing of the contract to provide assistance to the Lebanese army (DONAS).

This agreement, financed thanks to a grant from Saudi Arabia, will help strengthen the Lebanese army, which is the guarantor of Lebanon’s unity and stability. It will help it to carry out its mission to defend the territory and combat terrorism, while Lebanon is under threat.

The DONAS agreement reflects the exceptional quality of French-Saudi relations.


Burkina Faso

France continues to follow the situation in Burkina Faso very closely and salutes the courage of the Burkinabe people as they mobilize their efforts on behalf of democracy. It welcomes the efforts of the joint mission conducted by ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations.

France urges all the actors to continue their consultations with a view to the swift implementation of a solution that is in compliance with Burkina Faso’s constitutional framework. To that end, a civilian interim head of state must be appointed very quickly to lead the country toward new elections.


Portugal – Visit by Mr. Harlem Désir (November 4, 2014)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will today travel to Lisbon, notably to meet with his counterpart, Mr. Bruno Maçães, Minister of European Affairs and Foreign Trade.

They will take stock of support for growth and employment, energy and climate issues, following the European Council on October 23 and 24, and the negotiation of a transatlantic trade partnership with the United States. They will also discuss prospects for strengthening bilateral relations.

During his visit, Mr. Harlem Désir will also meet with Mr. Rui Machete, Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Vitorino, Former European Commissioner and President of the think tank, “Notre Europe,” and Antonio Costa, Mayor of Lisbon. He will exchange views with the French business community.


Pakistan – Attack at the Wagah border post (November 2, 2014)

France condemns the attack targeted against civilians in Wagah on November 2 during the ceremony that takes place every day as the border closes between Pakistan and India.

France expresses its condolences with the victims’ families.

It assures the Pakistani authorities and people of its solidarity in the face of terrorism.

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