Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, December 3, 2014)

Algeria – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Algerian counterpart (Paris, December 4, 2014)
Development – Africa – Ms. Girardin’s participation in a French Development Agency conference (Paris, December 2, 2014)
Iraq – Agreement between the Iraqi federal authorities and the Kurdish regional authorities (December 2, 2014)
Lebanon – Clashes at the Syrian border (December 2, 2014)
Yemen – Attack (December 3, 2014)


Algeria – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Algerian counterpart (Paris, December 4, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will meet tomorrow with his Algerian counterpart, Mr. Ramtane Lamamra, Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs. This meeting will take place within the framework of the High-level Intergovernmental Committee chaired by the French and Algerian prime ministers.

Together with the French-Algerian Joint Economic Committee which took place in Oran on November 10, 2014, this forum represents a major bilateral event. It will provide an opportunity to take stock of our cooperation and propose new partnership opportunities, notably in the fields of aerospace, construction and industrial gases.

The minister’s meeting with his Algerian counterpart will provide an opportunity to discuss political and security issues in the Sahel-Sahara region. France supports Algeria’s mediation efforts in Mali aimed at achieving a lasting peace agreement between all Malian actors. The two ministers, who share the same concerns about the deteriorating situation in Libya, will discuss ways to support the UN mediation efforts. They will also discuss the fight against climate disruption and preparations for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.


Development – Africa – Ms. Girardin’s participation in a French Development Agency conference (Paris, December 2, 2014)

On December 2, Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, participated in the conference organized by the French Development Agency on “Young people in Africa: Can we meet their expectations?”

From 2025 onwards, 25 million young Africans will enter the labor market every year. This is an opportunity for accelerated development – provided that the expectations of this new generation can be met in terms of health, education and employment.

Ms. Annick Girardin confirmed to a panel of young people from Algeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal and Togo France’s commitment to supporting the economic, political and social integration of African youth.


Iraq – Agreement between the Iraqi federal authorities and the Kurdish regional authorities (December 2, 2014)

France congratulates the Iraqi federal authorities and the Kurdish regional authorities on the conclusion of an agreement relating to the issue of oil exports.

It commends the spirit of compromise and dialogue that presided over this agreement.

France supports the efforts of the Iraqi authorities to promote national reconciliation and Iraqi unity.


Lebanon – Clashes at the Syrian border (December 2, 2014)

France condemns the attack carried out on December 2 against the Lebanese army in the Ras Baalbek area, near the Syrian border, which killed six soldiers.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and assure the Lebanese authorities and people of our solidarity.

In the face of the risks of destabilization in the country associated with the Syrian crisis, France reaffirms its support for Lebanon, its authorities and its institutions, and in particular the Lebanese army which is paying a heavy price in order to safeguard peace and stability in Lebanon and ensure the country’s territorial integrity.


Yemen – Attack (December 3, 2014)

France condemns the attack against the Iranian ambassador’s residence in Sana’a. We extend our condolences to the victims’ families.

Material damage was also reported, including to the French ambassador’s residence located nearby.

The only way to ease tensions and reach a satisfactory political consensus is through the resumption of the political transition process, under the authority of President Hadi, and the rejection of violence in accordance with the Gulf Initiative and the peace agreement of September 21.