The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - February 22, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Germany – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Berlin - February 22, 2016)

◢  Lithuania / European Union – Harlem Désir's visit to Vilnius (February 22-23, 2016)

◢  Syria – Attacks in Homs and Sayeda Zeinab (February 21, 2016)

◢  Niger – Elections (February 22, 2016)

◢  Cameroon – Attacks in Meme (February 19, 2016)

◢  Boosting France's attractiveness to skilled foreigners – Establishment of "talent passports" (February 18, 2016)

 
Germany – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Berlin - February 22, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will hold a bilateral meeting today with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The two ministers will take stock of the follow-up to the European Council meeting on February 18 and 19 on relations between the EU and the United Kingdom and migration, as well as the major international crises, notably in Syria, Libya and Ukraine. They will work on strengthening the partnership between our two countries in preparation for the next French-German Council of Ministers.

They will then conduct a joint visit to Kiev. For more information, please visit: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/dossiers-pays/ukraine/evenements/article/ukraine-deplacement-conjoint-de-mm-ayrault-et-steinmeier-en-ukraine-22-23-02-16



Lithuania / European Union – Harlem Désir's visit to Vilnius (February 22-23, 2016)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will visit Vilnius on February 22 and 23.

He will take stock, together with Linas Linkevicius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, of the key current European and international issues. He will work with Rokas Masiulis, Minister of Energy, on developing our bilateral cooperation, which is especially dynamic in the energy transition field. He will also be received by Gediminas Kikilas, former Prime Minister and Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs of the Lithuanian Parliament.

Harlem Désir will meet with representatives of the French business community in Lithuania.



Syria – Attacks in Homs and Sayeda Zeinab (February 21, 2016)

France utterly condemns the attacks perpetrated by Daesh in Homs and Sayeda Zeinab, south of Damascus, which left hundreds of people dead.

These acts are further evidence of the barbarity of this terrorist organization. Those responsible must be held to account.

France, which has deployed its armed forces to combat Daesh, calls on all its partners to strengthen their fight against this terrorist organization. It underscores the need to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis.



Niger – Elections (February 22, 2016)

France welcomes the holding of the first round of the presidential election and the legislative elections in Niger.

Voting took place in an atmosphere of calm and in accordance with the constitutional deadlines.

We pay tribute to the civic-mindedness of the Nigerien people and we appeal for efforts to ensure that the electoral processes still in progress continue under the best possible conditions.



Cameroon – Attacks in Meme (February 19, 2016)

France condemns the attacks carried out on February 19 in Meme, in northern Cameroon, which left more than 20 people dead.

We extend our condolences to the victims' families and to the Cameroonian people.

France expresses its solidarity with Cameroon and reaffirms its support for the countries of the Lake Chad Basin engaged in the fight against terrorism.



Boosting France's attractiveness to skilled foreigners – Establishment of "talent passports" (February 18, 2016)

The law on the rights of foreigners in France adopted by the National Assembly on February 18 establishes a "talent passport," a new type of multi-year residence permit for the most skilled foreigners who wish to live in France.

It is designed in particular for researchers, artists, employees on assignment abroad, and scientists, as well as figures of international renown. Foreign students who obtain it can more easily work in France after finishing their studies.

Given the strong global competition for international talents, this law will help secure and simplify the stay of skilled foreigners in our country.


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