The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - January 29, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Burundi / Arrest of a French and a British journalist – Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

◢  European Union / Foreign Affairs Council (Development) – Participation of Annick Girardin (Amsterdam - February 1-2, 2016)

◢  Cameroon – Attacks in Kerawa (January 28, 2016)

◢  Mali – Terrorist attacks (January 28, 2016)

 
Burundi / Arrest of a French and a British journalist – Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

We were concerned to learn of the arrest in Burundi of the French journalist, Jean-Philippe Rémy, and British photographer Philip Moore.

I call on the Burundi authorities to release them immediately.

Diplomatic initiatives are under way.



European Union / Foreign Affairs Council (Development) – Participation of Annick Girardin (Amsterdam - February 1-2, 2016)

Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, will be in Amsterdam on February 1-2 to attend the Foreign Affairs Council (Development).

The first such event under the Dutch EU presidency, this meeting will work on the new partnership between the European Union and the countries of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific.

The ministers will also discuss the connection between security and development, and support for refugees a few months after the Valetta summit.



Cameroon – Attacks in Kerawa (January 28, 2016)

France condemns the attacks perpetrated on January 28 in Kerawa in northern Cameroon, which left four people dead and several others injured.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families.

France assures Cameroon of its solidarity in the fight against terrorism.



Mali – Terrorist attacks (January 28, 2016)

France condemns the two terrorist attacks which led to the death of four Malian soldiers on January 28.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and assure Mali of our wholehearted solidarity in the fight against terrorism.

France supports the implementation of the peace agreement, which will make it possible to combat this threat more effectively; it calls on the parties to fully commit themselves to implementing the agreement.



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