The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development

Paris - July 28, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Yemen - Meeting between Laurent Fabius and his counterpart (Paris, July 27)

◢  Iran - Visit by Laurent Fabius (Tehran, July 29)

◢  Germany - Harlem Désir’s trip to Berlin (July 29-30)

◢  Counterterrorism -Matthias Fekl’s participation in the international meeting on foreign terrorist fighters (Madrid, July 28)

◢  Bahrain - Attack (July 28)

Yemen - Meeting between Laurent Fabius and his counterpart (Paris, July 27)

Laurent Fabius received his Yemeni counterpart, Riad Yassin, on July 27.

Mr. Fabius reiterated France’s backing for the legitimate Yemeni authorities and its unwavering support for the country’s unity and stability. He hailed the efforts of UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. And in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2216, he stressed the importance of an inclusive dialogue promoting a political solution, the only way to resolve the crisis.

The two ministers also discussed the importance of a humanitarian truce to allow humanitarian workers swift access to civilian populations, wherever they may be located.

Iran - Visit by Laurent Fabius (Tehran, July 29)

Following the historic agreement reached in Vienna on July 14, Laurent Fabius will visit Tehran on July 29. This is the first visit to Iran by a French foreign minister in 12 years.

He will be received by President Hassan Rouhani and will meet his counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif; Parliament chairman Ali Larijani; vice president and head of the Environmental Protection Organization Masoumeh Ebtekar; the minister of industry, mining and trade Reza Nematadeh; and Admiral Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council.

The visit represents a resumption of the political dialogue between France and Iran at the highest level. All subjects relating to French-Iranian relations will be on the table, including regional issues and the challenges of the COP21 climate conference.


Germany - Harlem Désir’s trip to Berlin (July 29-30)

European affairs minister Harlem Désir is traveling to Berlin tomorrow for trilateral consultations with Michael Roth, his German counterpart, and Fernando Eguidazu Palacios, his new Spanish counterpart.

Two weeks after the euro area summit, they will discuss the situation in Greece, the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union, and European migration and asylum policy.

During his visit, Mr. Désir will also meet with Uwe Corsepius, the Federal Chancellery’s new Europe advisor, and Axel Schäfer, deputy chairman of the SPD Parliamentary Group at the Bundestag, who is responsible for EU affairs.

Counterterrorism -Matthias Fekl’s participation in the international meeting on foreign terrorist fighters (Madrid, July 28)

Matthias Fekl, minister of state for foreign trade, the promotion of tourism, and French nationals abroad, will attend today’s international meeting in Madrid on foreign terrorist fighters.

Hosted by the Spanish Interior and Foreign Affairs ministries, the meeting – attended by more than 40 delegations – will underscore the importance of a coordinated global response to the terrorist threat.

Mr. Fekl will talk about how France has intensified its counterterrorism effort and its fight against violent radicalization as well as the justice system’s robust response to these phenomena. He will reaffirm France’s commitment to international cooperation on counterterrorism, respect for human rights, and the swift implementation of Security Resolution 2178.

Bahrain - Attack (July 28)

France condemns this morning’s attack in southern Manama that took the lives of two police offers and injured six others.

It offers its condolences to the victims’ families.

France assures the Bahraini people and authorities of its solidarity.

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