The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - August 21, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Czech Republic – Laurent Fabius’s visit to Prague (August 23 to 24, 2015)

◢  Quai d'Orsay – Ambassadors’ Week (August 24 to 28, 2015)

◢  COP 21 –International Islamic Climate Change Summit

◢  Mauritania – Conviction of anti-slavery activists (August 20)

 
Czech Republic – Laurent Fabius’s visit to Prague (August 23 to 24, 2015)

Laurent Fabius will visit Prague from August 23 to 24 in order to attend the Czech Ambassadors’ Conference.

At the conference he will underscore the vitality of our bilateral relations, notably in the areas of energy and defense and the convergence of views regarding key European and international policy issues, especially in preparation for COP21.

During this visit, Laurent Fabius will meet with Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, as well as his counterpart, Lubomir Zaoralek, with whom he will discuss the development of our strategic partnership and our trade, notably in the areas of transport and defense.



Quai d'Orsay – Ambassadors’ Week (August 24 to 28, 2015)

Laurent Fabius wanted to revitalize the traditional Ambassadors' Conference by opening it up more to the public, businesses and the media this year.

In addition to the internal work sessions, “Ambassadors’ Week,” which is due to start on Monday, August 24, will include several innovative events:

- Monday, August 24: meeting between the ambassadors and the public (“Je rencontre un ambassadeur”), for which 2,000 people have registered;

- Tuesday, August 25: first “speed-dating” event ever held in France between ambassadors and entrepreneurs (#1Ambassadeur1Entrepreneur) to be attended by almost 500 companies and with more than 1,700 meetings planned;

- Wednesday August 26: a one-day event dedicated to preparing for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference to be attended by Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General; the event will include a joint conference with Laurent Fabius.

Laurent Fabius will bring the week’s events to a close on August 27 by talking about the challenges facing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development in the 21st century and by announcing new guidelines for its operation and actions.

Anyone can follow and participate in the week’s events on the France Diplomatie website or through the ministry’s social networks using the hashtag #SemaineAmbass.



COP 21 –International Islamic Climate Change Summit

France welcomes the declaration on climate change adopted at the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium in Istanbul on August 18.

After the Summit of Conscience in Paris this past July, attended by Mr. Fabius, this declaration by eminent figures is an important contribution toward mobilizing civil society worldwide.



Mauritania – Conviction of anti-slavery activists (August 20)

We took note of the upholding of the conviction of anti-slavery activists in Mauritania.

France welcomes the efforts by human rights defenders in Mauritania, particularly those who are fighting to end slavery. The law adopted on August 13 by the Mauritanian Parliament that strengthens penalties against slavery is an important step forward and must be implemented.

We reiterate our commitment to the freedom of expression, association, and peaceful demonstration and to respect for the rights of defense and to a fair trial guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified by Mauritania.




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