Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, April 22, 2015)

 

• Slovenia – Visit by Mr. Laurent Fabius (April 23, 2015)X
• European Union – Research – Visit by Mr. Harlem Désir to CNRS (April 22, 2015)
• European Union – Andorra – Meeting between Mr. Harlem Désir and the Andorran minister of foreign affairs (Paris, April 23, 2015)
• Egypt – Working meeting with the Grand Mufti of Egypt (Paris, April 22, 2015)
• Climate - International Mother Earth Day (April 22, 2015)


Slovenia – Visit by Mr. Laurent Fabius (April 23, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius will travel to Slovenia tomorrow to meet with Mr. Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia, and Mr. Karl Erjavec, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

He will sign, together with his Slovenian counterpart, the action plan for the strategic partnership between our two countries, which will make it possible to expand our political dialogue, develop our trade and strengthen our cooperation in the fields of education and research.

As COP21 President, Laurent Fabius will work with his interlocutors on preparing for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

Lastly, he will participate in the Brdo regional cooperation process meeting, to which he and his Slovenian counterpart have invited the foreign affairs ministers of the Western Balkan countries and EU member states.

 


European Union – Research – Visit by Mr. Harlem Désir to CNRS (April 22, 2015)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will today visit the headquarters of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), at the invitation of its president, Alain Fuchs.

This visit will provide an opportunity to exchange views on CNRS’s European action.

It will make it possible to reaffirm European excellence in research and innovation as well as the support provided by the European program, Horizon 2020, for the development of research projects by our major laboratories.

 


European Union – Andorra – Meeting between Mr. Harlem Désir and the Andorran minister of foreign affairs (Paris, April 23, 2015)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will meet with Mr. Gilbert Saboya, Andorran Minister of Foreign Affairs, on April 23.

Mr. Désir and Mr. Saboya will discuss the rapprochement of the Principality of Andorra with the EU, and notably the negotiations aimed at concluding an association agreement.

They will also discuss the fight against climate disruption and the strengthening of our bilateral relations, including cross-border issues

 


Egypt – Working meeting with the Grand Mufti of Egypt (Paris, April 22, 2015)

Dr. Shawqi Allam, Grand Mufti of Egypt, is conducting his first visit to France from April 21 to 25.

On this occasion, he was received at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development on April 22. His visit to France will also provide an opportunity for meetings with the Prime Minister’s Office and the departments of the Ministry of the Interior, as well as with the France-Egypt Friendship Groups in the National Assembly and the Senate.

France enjoys long-standing, trusting relations with the Egyptian Muslim religious authorities and with Al Azhar University, with which it exchanges ideas, notably with respect to the fight against radicalization and the training of Imams.

 


Climate - International Mother Earth Day (April 22, 2015)

On the occasion of the 45th International Mother Earth Day, devoted this year to the theme “It’s Our Turn to Lead,” France reiterates its appeal for everyone to mobilize their efforts to address common issues, especially the fight against climate disruption.

At the end of the year, on the occasion of the COP21 in Paris, chaired by Mr. Laurent Fabius, all countries will have to face an unprecedented challenge: the challenge of keeping global warming to less than 2°C.

All non-state actors are urged to play a crucial role by mobilizing their efforts within the framework of the “agenda of solutions.” The prime minister yesterday declared this mobilization by civil society to address climate disruption the “major national cause of 2015.”