Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, April 15, 2015)


• Malaysia - Economic diplomacy – Visit by Mr. Matthias Fekl (April 13 to 14, 2015)
• Yemen – United Nations – Adoption of resolution 2216 (New York, April 14, 2015)

Malaysia - Economic diplomacy – Visit by Mr. Matthias Fekl (April 13 to 14, 2015)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, visited Malaysia from April 13 to 14, 2015. In addition to meeting with his counterpart, he met with the minister of transport, the chairman of the Land Public Transport Commission, as well as the member of the prime minister’s cabinet responsible for the civilian nuclear sector and innovation. This visit was aimed at promoting France’s presence in Malaysia, which is France’s second largest trading partner in Southeast Asia, and more specifically at supporting French products and services in the transport and energy sectors. Matthias Fekl presented the new framework for promoting the attractiveness of France for foreign investment and spoke about strengthening links between our foreign trade stakeholders. He also outlined the strengths of France’s tourist attractions and services to sector professionals In the area of air transport, Matthias Fekl talked about strengthening bilateral cooperation in the context of Airbus’s major investment in Malaysia and the strengthening of commercial ties between Air France and Malaysia Airlines for direct air services between Paris and Kuala Lumpur. With respect to urban transport (heavy and light rail subway systems, streetcar lines) and rail transport (high-speed rail lines) he highlighted France’s products and services during a conference attended by our main companies operating in the sector, which were therefore able to present their solutions. In the field of research and innovation, Matthias Fekl also presented the feasibility study in Malaysia for an oceanography research center, co-financed by a grant from the Treasury Department and conducted by Collecte Localisation Satellites, a subsidiary of CNES. Lastly, Matthias Fekl met with the French community and visited the French lycée in Kuala Lumpur, which has almost 850 students.


Yemen – United Nations – Adoption of resolution 2216 (New York, April 14, 2015)

France welcomes the adoption yesterday by the UN Security Council of resolution 2216 on the situation in Yemen. This resolution, which was co-sponsored by France together with the United States and the United Kingdom, underscores the need to swiftly resume the dialogue aimed at reaching an inclusive political solution, at a time when the Houthi rebels are continuing their actions to destabilize the country. It imposes an embargo on the supply of arms to the Houthi rebels and their allies and provides for individual sanctions against Abdel-Malek al-Houthi and Ahmed Ali Saleh. Resolution 2216 calls on the parties to ensure the protection of the civilian populations, and to respect humanitarian law and human rights.