Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, April 1st, 2015)

 

• Nigeria – Elections – Statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius (March 31, 2015)
• Economic diplomacy - French-Iraqi Joint Commission (Paris, April 1, 2015)
• Turkey - Deadly hostage incident in Istanbul (March 31, 2015)


Nigeria – Elections – Statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius (March 31, 2015)

I warmly congratulate President Buhari on his election.

This is a victory for the president, but it’s also a victory for the people of Nigeria who affirmed their attachment to democracy and their confidence in the future, by refusing to allow themselves to be intimidated by terrorists.

Today, Nigeria can show the world that it is a major democracy. It is a source of pride for the population and a source of satisfaction to Nigeria’s partners. The Independent Electoral Commission has done an excellent job.

We welcome the spirit of responsibility demonstrated by the political leaders and pay tribute to the action of President Goodluck Jonathan.

I hope that President Buhari’s term of office will provide an opportunity to further strengthen the friendly relations between our two countries and to put an end to Boko Haram’s terrorist activities. We also hope that Nigeria will be able to continue its remarkable economic growth, in the interest of the continent’s prosperity.

 


Economic diplomacy - French-Iraqi Joint Commission (Paris, April 1, 2015)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will today co-chair, together with Iraqi Oil Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, the 15th French-Iraqi Joint Economic Commission. Dr. Salam Hassan Khoshnaw, Iraq’s Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Mr. Dara Hassan Rashid, Deputy Minister of Construction and Housing, and Mr. Amir al-Bayati, Deputy Minister of Communications, will also participate in the commission.

The work will mainly focus on agriculture, the environment, transport, water and electricity. As has become common practice for joint commissions, businesses will participate in the plenary session. Mr. Fekl will co-chair tomorrow, together with Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister Rowsch Nuri Shaways, a French-Iraqi business forum with companies.

These meetings reflect the willingness of our two countries to develop our trade, and France’s support for Iraq’s development and reconstruction.

 


Turkey - Deadly hostage incident in Istanbul (March 31, 2015)

France condemns the hostage incident that claimed the life of a prosecutor, Mehmet Selim Kiraz, yesterday in Istanbul.

It extends its condolences to the victim’s family and assures the Turkish authorities and people of its solidarity in the fight against all forms of terrorism.