The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - February 17, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Death of Boutros Boutros-Ghali (February 16, 2016) – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

◢  Lebanon – Meeting between the minister and his Lebanese counterpart, Gebran Bassil (Paris - February 16, 2016)

 
Death of Boutros Boutros-Ghali (February 16, 2016) – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

I was extremely saddened to learn of the death of Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, former UN Secretary-General and former Secretary-General of La Francophonie.

I would like to pay tribute to this tireless advocate for peace both in the service of his country, notably through the negotiation of the Camp David accords, and the international community through his decisive contribution to the renewal of the United Nations in the aftermath of the Cold War. I also want to pay tribute to this tremendous advocate for emancipation and understanding between peoples, who worked tirelessly to promote French language and culture.

With him, the international community, and especially Egypt, the country of his birth, to which he was a credit, has lost a courageous and determined statesman. At this painful time, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to his family, his friends and the Egyptian people.



Lebanon – Meeting between the minister and his Lebanese counterpart, Gebran Bassil (Paris - February 16, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, received his Lebanese counterpart, Gebran Bassil, on February 16. The meeting focused on Lebanon's internal situation and the challenges facing the country, in an especially tense regional context. The minister reaffirmed the importance of electing a president without delay in order to put an end to the institutional crisis that has lasted for more than 20 months.

The two ministers discussed the conflict in Syria, following the meeting of the International Syria Support Group on February 11. Jean-Marc Ayrault reaffirmed the need for Lebanon to maintain its policy of disassociation from the conflict in Syria and France's determination to continue to support efforts to ensure the country's stability and security.

They reviewed the results of the conference in London on February 4, which made it possible to reaffirm the commitment of France and the international community to resolving the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the countries that are hosting Syrian refugees, starting with Lebanon.


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