Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, April 7, 2015)

 

• Algeria - Meeting between Mr. Fabius and his Algerian counterpart, Mr. Lamamra (Paris, April 7)
• Inauguration by Laurent Fabius of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger (April 8)
• Kosovo – Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – Conversations between Harlem Désir and his counterparts (Paris, April 7)
• Ethiopia – Visit by Annick Girardin (April 6-7)
• South Africa – Visit by Matthias Fekl (April 7-8)


Algeria - Meeting between Mr. Fabius and his Algerian counterpart, Mr. Lamamra (Paris, April 7)

Foreign minister Laurent Fabius welcomed his Algerian counterpart, Ramtane Lamamra, this morning. They reviewed bilateral issues ahead of their follow-up visit to the French-Algerian Joint Economic Committee in Annaba on May 12.  

They also continued our dialogue on the political and security challenges in the Sahel-Sahara region. Mr. Fabius reiterated France’s full support for the mediation effort Algeria is conducting in Mali to get all parties to swiftly sign the peace agreement initialed on March 1 in Algiers.  

Our two countries also share great concern over the deteriorating situation in Libya and continue to discuss ways to support the mediation effort by Bernardino Leon, the UN secretary-general’s special representative, aimed at the swift formation of a national unity government.  

Mr. Fabius and Mr. Lamamra also worked to strengthen cooperation between our two countries on the preparation of this December’s Paris Climate Conference.

 


Inauguration by Laurent Fabius of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger (April 8)

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Agency for French Teaching Abroad (AEFE), Laurent Fabius will welcome some 50 French and foreign personalities at the Quai d’Orsay on April 8. Among these alumni of French schools abroad are former Spanish foreign minister Angel Moratinos, Italian economist Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, writer Miguel Bonnefoy, and actress Hélène Fillières.  

Company leaders, academics, researchers, writers, artists, athletes – in their various spheres, these alumni illustrate the values of excellence and openness fostered by the 494 schools belonging to the agency network. The latter currently counts some 330,000 students, including more than 200,000 foreigners, in 135 countries.  

At the agency’s invitation, more than 400 people will gather on April 10 to discuss civic, multilingual and multicultural education; pedagogical and digital innovation; the approaches and attractiveness of French higher education; and partnerships. Agreements will be signed with a certain number of entities, including the Ecole supérieure des sciences économiques et sociales (Essec), the Institut du monde arabe, and the National Committee of French Foreign Trade Advisers.  

For more information, visit www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/salle-de-presse/communiques-techniques/article/lancement-des-25-ans-de-l-agence?var_mode=calcul

 


Kosovo – Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – Conversations between Harlem Désir and his counterparts (Paris, April 7)

Today Harlem Désir, minister of state for European affairs, will be welcoming Bekim Çollaku, the Kosovar minister for European integration, and Ana Blazeska, Macedonian state secretary for European affairs.  

During the meeting with Mr. Çollaku, the two ministers will review relations between the European Union and Kosovo, focusing in particular on migration issues as well as the process of normalizing relations between Pristina and Belgrade with the support of the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy.  

With Ms. Blazeska, Mr. Désir will discuss the political situation in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as well as the additional efforts expected of that country as part of its rapprochement with the EU, particularly with respect to the rule of law, an independent judiciary, and media freedom.

 


Ethiopia – Visit by Annick Girardin (April 6-7)

Annick Girardin, minister of state for development and Francophonie, is visiting Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Kenya this week in preparation for December’s Paris Climate Conference.  

In each of these countries, Ms. Girardin is meeting with local authorities and representatives of civil society, NGOs, companies, and local government. She and her interlocutors will also review national contributions, preparations for the Addis Ababa conference on development financing in July, the sharing of sustainable development technologies, and will inspect South African solutions for confronting climate change.  

In Ethiopia, a country that is implementing a very ambitious strategy by establishing an objective of strong growth without increased emissions, Ms. Girardin visited the Ashegoda wind farm, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest, which is financed by the French Development Agency. With Ethiopian environment minister Belete Tafere, she opened the “En Route to Paris” conference. She also addressed the Student Climate Forum in Addis Ababa and met with Erastus Mwencha, vice president of the African Union commission.

 


South Africa – Visit by Matthias Fekl (April 7-8)

Matthias Fekl, minister of state for foreign trade, the promotion of tourism and French nationals abroad, is visiting South Africa on April 7-8.

After the state visit by the President in October 2013 and ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s visit to France, this trip is aimed at supporting French businesses in South Africa. That country is France’s largest export market in sub-Saharan Africa, with good results in the transport, energy, agrifoods, healthcare, innovation, and tourism sectors.  

Accompanied by a delegation representing 36 French companies, including many small and medium-sized businesses, Mr. Fekl will co-chair the French-South African joint economic committee with Rob Davies, the South African minister of trade and industry.  

Mr. Fekl will also meet with South African tour operators to promote France’s attractiveness as an economic and tourism destination, and to increase South African travel to Reunion Island.