The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - November 19, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Terrorism – Execution of two hostages by Daesh – Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (November 18, 2015)

◢  Climate – Visits by Laurent Fabius to India, South Africa and Brazil (November 20 to 22, 2015)

◢  Terrorism / Daesh – Condolences offered by the League of Arab States (November 17, 2015)

◢  Nigeria – Attacks in Kano (November 18, 2015)

 
Terrorism – Execution of two hostages by Daesh – Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (November 18, 2015)

We were horrified to learn of the execution of a Chinese hostage and a Norwegian hostage by the terrorist group Daesh.

France extends its heartfelt condolences to the Chinese and Norwegian governments and people, as well as to the victims’ families.

France is fully committed to the fight against terrorism and barbarity; it will continue to work to ensure the essential strengthening of international cooperation in the fight against Daesh.



Climate – Visits by Laurent Fabius to India, South Africa and Brazil (November 20 to 22, 2015)

Laurent Fabius, COP21 President, will visit, in succession, India, South Africa and Brazil from November 20 to 22; he will meet with the leaders of these countries to prepare for the Paris Climate Conference. These visits to three emerging countries that are key players in the negotiations are aimed at making progress toward achieving the necessary consensus.

Following the recent pre-COP meeting in Paris attended by 60 ministers from more than 70 countries representing all continents, these visits demonstrate the French presidency’s determination to listen to all parties in order to reach together a universal, ambitious and lasting agreement on global warming.

As Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, reaffirmed this morning, we are fully mobilized to achieve this goal.



Terrorism / Daesh – Condolences offered by the League of Arab States (November 17, 2015)

A delegation of the Arab Ambassadors Council in Paris was received at the Quai d'Orsay on November 17 in order to convey a message of condolence from the League of Arab States, following the attacks that plunged France into mourning on the night of November 13.

The delegation condemned, in the strongest possible terms, these heinous terrorist attacks carried out by Daesh. It reaffirmed the commitment made by the governments of the member countries of the Arab League to continue, alongside France and the international community, the fight against terrorism.



Nigeria – Attacks in Kano (November 18, 2015)

France condemns the suicide attacks carried out on November 18 in the city of Kano, which left 15 people dead and more than 50 others injured. We condemn the recruitment of children to carry out these attacks.

France extends its condolences to the victims’ families and to the Nigerian authorities.

We reaffirm our solidarity with Nigeria and its neighbors in the fight against terrorism.


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