Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, March 2, 2015)

 

Canada – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his counterpart (March 2, 2015)
Quebec – 18th session of the rotating meetings between the Quebec Premier and the French Prime Minister (March 2 to 6, 2015)
Ebola – High-level conference (Brussels, March 2, 2015)
United Nations – French presidency of the Security Council (March 2015)
Bangladesh – Murder of blogger Avijit Roy (February 26, 2015)
Egypt – Attack in Aswan (March 1, 2015)


Canada – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his counterpart (March 2, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will today receive his Canadian counterpart, Mr. Rob Nicholson.

Mr. Laurent Fabius will discuss the key international issues on which France and Canada cooperate closely: the situation in Ukraine, the fight against Daesh, and the Iranian nuclear issue. They will discuss the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement between the EU and Canada. They will also focus on preparations for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

Lastly, the two ministers will take stock of French-Canadian relations and the Canada-France Enhanced Cooperation Agenda.



Quebec – 18th session of the rotating meetings between the Quebec Premier and the French Prime Minister (March 2 to 6, 2015)

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard will conduct an official visit to France from March 2 to 6, 2015. He will be received today by President Hollande.

Mr. Philippe Couillard will meet with the prime minister on March 6 for the 18th session of the rotating meetings between the Quebec Premier and the French Prime Minister. This visit will include working meetings between the Quebec ministers accompanying Mr. Couillard and their French counterparts. The Quebec Premier and the French Prime Minister will sign several agreements and joint statements, notably in the areas of student mobility, maritime strategy and cooperation relating to the development of Northern Quebec.

This event, which takes place every two years, was initiated in 1977 and reflects the direct and privileged relationship that France enjoys with Quebec.

 

Ebola – High-level conference (Brussels, March 2, 2015)

Ms. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, will today participate in Brussels in a high-level conference on Ebola, which will bring together more than 80 delegations and 600 participants, including the heads of state of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

This conference aims to maintain international mobilization and assess what measures are necessary to ensure the recovery of the countries affected. Ms. Girardin will notably highlight the need for investment in the health and agriculture sectors.

To date, France has mobilized almost €160 million as well as substantial human and scientific resources. The EU is the world’s largest donor of assistance to help combat Ebola thanks to the overall efforts of the European institutions and member states which have pledged to contribute €1.3 billion.



United Nations – French presidency of the Security Council (March 2015)

France assumed the presidency of the UN Security Council for one month on March 1. The Security Council’s key priorities in March will be as follows:

- Africa: From March 9 to 13, the Security Council will visit the Central African Republic, Ethiopia - in order to meet with the African Union - and Burundi. The mandate of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) will be renewed.

- Children in armed conflict: A public debate, in which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is planning to participate, will take place on March 25.

- The Security Council will continue to closely monitor the major international crises (Yemen, Libya, Ukraine, Afghanistan). The mandates of UNAMA in Afghanistan and UNSMIL in Libya will be renewed.

Ms. Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, will, for the first time in this capacity, brief the Security Council on cooperation between the UN and regional organizations.

You can follow our presidency on Twitter: #FrPrez



Bangladesh – Murder of blogger Avijit Roy (February 26, 2015)

France condemns the murder of blogger and writer Avijit Roy; his wife was also injured during the attack.

We extend our condolences to the victim’s family and demand that full light be shed on the circumstances surrounding this heinous attack.

We reaffirm our attachment to the freedom of expression.

France is concerned by the violence in Bangladesh. It urges all parties to demonstrate restraint and to engage in dialogue within the framework of the democratic institutions.



Egypt – Attack in Aswan (March 1, 2015)

France condemns the attack which killed two people yesterday in the city of Aswan.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and express our sympathy with the injured.

France reaffirms its solidarity with the Egyptian government and people and stands alongside them in the fight against terrorism.