Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, March 9, 2015)

 

• Mali – Meeting between Laurent Fabius and his Malian counterpart (Paris, March 9)
• European Union - Harlem Désir’s visit to Air France facilities (Roissy, March 9)
• European Union - Harlem Désir’s visit to Strasbourg (March 10)
• South Sudan – Addis Ababa negotiations (March 6)
• Afghanistan - Franco-German Prize for Afghan Women of the Year (Kabul, March 8)
 

Mali – Meeting between Laurent Fabius and his Malian counterpart (Paris, March 9)

Laurent Fabius, minister of foreign affairs and international development, met this morning with his Malian counterpart, Abdoulaye Diop.

The two ministers discussed the terrorist attacks in Bamako and Kidal and reiterated our countries’ joint determination to fight terrorism. Mr. Diop updated Mr. Fabius on the investigation into the Bamako attack.

Mr. Fabius and Mr. Diop also reviewed the status of inter-Malian negotiations. After the recent advance – the initialing of a peace agreement on March 1 in Algiers – they discussed ways to get all the parties to sign on to it and the means of implementing it.

 

European Union - Harlem Désir’s visit to Air France facilities (Roissy, March 9)

European affairs minister Harlem Désir is visiting Air France’s facilities at Roissy to discuss the following issues with Frédéric Gagey, the group’s president and CEO: competition between European companies and third countries, the organization of European airspace, and the use of passenger name records (PNR).

Mr. Désir will also visit the Air France operations control center, which manages passenger flows and the company’s fleet.

He will receive an update on the status of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) program, designed to reduce flight times, limit delays within European airspace, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Nearly 2,500 people in Europe are involved in this concrete project, which reflects Europe’s ambitions with respect to R&D and our joint commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

European Union - Harlem Désir’s visit to Strasbourg (March 10)

European affairs minister Harlem Désir will travel to Strasbourg tomorrow for the European Parliament’s plenary session.

He will meet with Pervenche Berès, Marielle de Sarnez, and Alain Lamassoure, the presidents, respectively, of the French delegations of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, Alliance of Democrats and Liberals for Europe, and the European People’s Party.

In particular, Mr. Désir will discuss preparations for the European Council of March 19 and 20, to focus on economic issues and the fight against climate disruption.

 

South Sudan – Addis Ababa negotiations (March 6)

France deplores the inability of the parties to the conflict in South Sudan to end the suffering of the millions of civilians who are the victims of their clashes.

We renew our support for the mediation efforts conducted by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union to reach a peaceful settlement.

On March 3, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2206 to sanction those who hinder peace, security and stability in South Sudan. France will support any initiative with this aim. Perpetrators of human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law must be held accountable for their actions before national, or, when necessary, international criminal courts.

 

Afghanistan - Franco-German Prize for Afghan Women of the Year (Kabul, March 8)

France warmly congratulates Atifa Mansoori, founder and manager of a business that exports saffron and hand-crafted items, on receiving the second Franco-German Prize for Afghan Women of the Year, awarded in Kabul on March 8, International Women’s Day. Established in 2014, this year’s award went to a woman whose exceptional business success has helped promote a positive, modern image of women in the Afghan economy and society. Among those attending the awards ceremony hosted by the French and German ambassadors were Rula Ghani, wife of the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and many female entrepreneurs and members of women’s organizations.