The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development
Spokesperson


Paris - January 8, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Syria – Meeting between Laurent Fabius and Riyad Hijab (Paris - January 11, 2016)

◢  Syria – Murder of Syrian journalist Ruqia Hassan Mohammed

◢  Democratic Republic of Congo – Violence in North Kivu (January 6 to 7, 2016)

◢  Tunisia – Meeting between Laurent Fabius and his new counterpart, Khemaies Jhinaoui (January 7, 2016)

 
Syria – Meeting between Laurent Fabius and Riyad Hijab (Paris - January 11, 2016)

Laurent Fabius will meet with Riyad Hijab on January 11.

Riyad Hijab is the General Coordinator of the High Negotiations Committee for the Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces.

Laurent Fabius and Riyad Hijab will focus on the continuation of the political process and the resumption of inter-Syrian negotiations slated for January 25. They will reflect on how to respond to the tragic humanitarian situation, notably in the areas besieged by the regime and in Madaya.

Laurent Fabius will reaffirm France's support for the High Negotiations Committee for the Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces. He will reaffirm our attachment to the swift implementation of UNSCR 2254 and to a transition based on the Geneva Communiqué.



Syria – Murder of Syrian journalist Ruqia Hassan Mohammed

France condemns the murder by Daesh of Syrian journalist Ruqia Hassan Mohammed, who, under the pseudonym Nisan Ibrahim, courageously reported on the human rights violations committed by this terrorist organization in Raqqa.

This execution is a further example of the atrocities being committed by Daesh, which may constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes.

France reaffirms its attachment to the freedom of expression and the freedom of the press. We are mobilizing our efforts, notably at the UN, to promote respect for these fundamental values and the protection of journalists.



Democratic Republic of Congo – Violence in North Kivu (January 6 to 7, 2016)

France condemns the massacre perpetrated during the night of January 6 to 7 in Miriki (North Kivu), which resulted in the death of 15 people.

We extend our condolences to the victims' families. The perpetrators of this attack must be brought to justice.

We call on the Congolese authorities and the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) to work together to protect the civilian population and restore security in the Kivus.



Tunisia – Meeting between Laurent Fabius and his new counterpart, Khemaies Jhinaoui (January 7, 2016)

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, called his new Tunisian counterpart, Khemaies Jhinaoui, on January 7 to congratulate him on his appointment.

He reaffirmed France's support for Tunisia and its young democracy, notably within international forums. He stressed that the fight against terrorism represented a considerable challenge for both our countries, which should further intensify their security cooperation.

Laurent Fabius also referred to the preparations for the major bilateral events in 2016, including the Tunisian prime minister's forthcoming visit to France and the French prime minister's visit to Tunisia.


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