Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, November 10, 2014)

Latvia - Visit by Mr. Harlem Désir to Riga (November 10, 2014)
Sudan – Darfur – Violence against women (October 31, 2014)
Iranian nuclear issue


Latvia - Visit by Mr. Harlem Désir to Riga (November 10, 2014)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will visit Riga today in preparation for Latvia’s presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2015.

He will be received by Mr. Andris Berzins, President of the Republic of Latvia, as well as by Mr. Edgars Rinkevics, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The discussions will focus on the priorities of the Latvian presidency as well as on the strengthening of our bilateral cooperation in the political and economic fields, six months after the holding in Riga of the first French-Latvian business forum. On this occasion, Mr. Désir will conduct a site visit to the Vichy Spa International facility in Kemeri.


Sudan – Darfur – Violence against women (October 31, 2014)

France is concerned at reports that almost two hundred women and young girls in northern Darfur were raped by armed men on the night of October 31.

It calls on the government of Sudan to shed full light on these reports, to combat impunity and to guarantee access to the areas concerned by the joint African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur.


Iranian nuclear issue

Does France share the American view (expressed by President Obama) with respect to the talks with Iran, namely that an agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue is far from being concluded and that it may not be possible to reach an agreement before the deadline of November 24?

Is France in favor of further extending the “5+1” process?

The issue today is whether Iran is willing to make the necessary choices to reach a comprehensive, lasting and credible agreement before the deadline of November 24.

As far as we are concerned, we are, together with our partners in the “E3+3” group, more committed than ever to the negotiations.