Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, November 28, 2014)

Finland – Visit by M. Harlem Désir to Helsinki (28 November 2014)
Egypt – Official visit by President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi (25-27 November 2014)


Finland – Visit by M. Harlem Désir to Helsinki (28 November 2014)

M. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, is visiting Helsinki today.

He will have a meeting with Mr Erkki Tuomioja, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Ms Lenita Toivakka, the Minister for European Affairs. The meeting will provide an opportunity to take stock of the main European issues, particularly the economic situation, the investment plan presented by Mr Juncker, the European digital agenda and the fight against climate disruption.

M. Désir will discuss the strengthening of our bilateral economic cooperation, at a meeting with French foreign trade advisers. He will visit the Aalto Design Factory, a space bringing together students and businesses, and the Start-up Sauna, a business incubator active among the Finnish student population.

He will also visit the Ecole française Jules Verne and the Lycée franco-finlandais, to stress the importance of these institutions in consolidating the cultural and linguistic ties between our two countries.


- Egypt – Official visit by President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi (25-27 November 2014)

France hosted the Egyptian President, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, on an official visit from 25 to 27 November.

The visit signals the shared desire of France and Egypt to strengthen their bilateral partnership in all fields, as the French President and his Egyptian counterpart emphasized at their meeting on 26 November.

Both countries expressed the wish to step up their bilateral dialogue on regional and international issues, particularly regarding Libya, the Middle East peace process, Syria, Iraq and the fight against terrorism.

They also reaffirmed their desire to give new impetus to bilateral cooperation, not only in the economic, military and cultural fields but also in education and Francophony.

France expressed its determination to support Egypt’s democratic transition and economic recovery process, as shown by the agreements and commitments signed for the Cairo underground system and, with the French Development Agency, for disadvantaged districts.

The prospects for bilateral cooperation in the coming years were set out in a joint road map adopted by the French and Egyptian foreign ministers and published on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development’s website.