The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development
Spokesperson


Paris -July 27, 2015
In this issue:

◢  United Kingdom - Conversation between Laurent Fabius and George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Second Lord of the Treasury (Paris, July 27)

◢  Somalia - Attack in Mogadishu (July 26)

◢  Israel/Palestinian Territories

 
United Kingdom - Conversation between Laurent Fabius and George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Second Lord of the Treasury (Paris, July 27)

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius met today with George Osborne, the United Kingdom’s Chancellor of the Exchequer and Second Lord of the Treasury.

They spoke mainly of British demands ahead of the United Kingdom’s referendum on remaining in the European Union, to be held before the end of 2017.

Mr. Osborne was appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron, who came to Paris on May 28 to discuss this issue with President Hollande, the principal negotiator on this issue.



Somalia - Attack in Mogadishu (July 26)

France condemns yesterday’s attack in Mogadishu for which the terrorist group Al-Shabab claimed credit and which, according to the most recent report, took the lives of 13 people. Those responsible must be brought to justice.

We offer our condolences to the victims’ loved ones.

France applauds the efforts of all those who are working for peace and security in Somalia. It assures the Somali people and the African Union Mission in Somalia of its solidarity.



Israel/Palestinian Territories

Tension is again mounting between Israelis and Palestinians following Palestinian deaths during Israeli army operations and interventions. In this volatile situation, France is seeking a greater role for the international community through a Security Council resolution. Has any progress been made on this initiative, and if so, what?

For several months, France has been working to create a political horizon in the absence of a peace process, and with a deteriorating situation on the ground. The current upsurge in tensions should further motivate us to do so. Indeed, the situation on Temple Mount is especially troubling.

For that reason, Laurent Fabius, who traveled to the region last month, presented several ideas: organizing international support to help the parties resume the path of negotiations; defining the parameters for resolving the conflict, to which a UN resolution could usefully contribute; and concluding a lasting peace. At his request, our European partners agreed that the establishment of an international support group would be one way to contribute, as indicated by the conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council of July 20.

France is continuing its efforts to that end.




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