The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - February 3, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Belgium – Working lunch hosted by Laurent Fabius for Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs (February 3, 2016)

◢  Bestowal of the “Minister of the Year” award upon Laurent Fabius by “Le Trombinoscope” magazine (Paris - February 3, 2016)

◢  Syria – Human Rights – Conference on the consequences of the Syrian crisis (London - February 4, 2016)

◢  Turkey – Meeting between Harlem Désir and Volkan Bozkir, Turkish Minister for European Affairs (Paris - February 3, 2016)

 
Belgium – Working lunch hosted by Laurent Fabius for Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs (February 3, 2016)

Laurent Fabius will receive his Belgian counterpart, Didier Reynders, for a working lunch today.

They will take stock of key European and international issues, including relations between the EU and the United Kingdom, migration and EU relations with its eastern and southern neighborhood, as well as the rule of law in Europe.

Laurent Fabius and Didier Reynders will work on strengthening our cooperation in the area of security and combating terrorism and on the implementation of the measures announced by the two prime ministers in Brussels on February 1.



Bestowal of the “Minister of the Year” award upon Laurent Fabius by “Le Trombinoscope” magazine (Paris - February 3, 2016)

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive the “Minister of the Year” award presented by “Le Trombinoscope” magazine this evening at the Senate.

This prize recognizes the role played by Laurent Fabius in his position in 2015, and notably his efforts to ensure the success of the Paris Climate Conference in his capacity as COP21 president.

He will be receiving this award just as the MAEDI 21 project to modernize the Quai d’Orsay is getting underway. This project, which was launched by Laurent Fabius during Ambassadors’ Week in August, is aimed at overhauling our diplomatic tool so that it can fulfill all of its missions more effectively.



Syria / Human Rights – Conference on the consequences of the Syrian crisis (London - February 4, 2016)

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will represent France on February 4 at the conference in London organized by the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway and the UN secretary-general on the international community’s response to the consequences of the Syrian crisis.

The international community must continue to mobilize its efforts in support of Syria and support the countries affected by the crisis by helping them to address the challenges posed by the influx of millions of Syrian refugees and therefore maintain the stability of the entire region. Support for basic infrastructure, especially education and health services, will be critical.

France, in line with its commitment made at the start of the conflict, will continue to provide assistance to the Syrian people, in Syria and in the neighboring countries, whose generosity and solidarity must be saluted.



Turkey – Meeting between Harlem Désir and Volkan Bozkir, Turkish Minister for European Affairs (Paris, Feb. 3)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, met today with Volkan Bozkir, Turkish Minister for European Affairs and Chief Negotiator.

This meeting provided an opportunity to address the different aspects of the relationship between the EU and Turkey and notably the implementation of the decisions made at the EU-Turkey summit on November 29, 2015, to limit illegal border crossings between Greece and Turkey, combat the smuggling networks and strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

Harlem Désir and Volkan Bozkir also reviewed the key elements of our bilateral relationship.



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