The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - March 9, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Ministerial meeting chaired by Jean-Marc Ayrault – (Paris - March 13, 2016)

◢  Kosovo – Meeting between Harlem Désir and the Kosovar foreign minister (Paris - March 9, 2016)

◢  Tourism / Germany – Matthias Fekl's trip to Berlin (March 9, 2016)

◢  Israel – Attacks in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Petah Tikva (March 8 & 9, 2016)

◢  Cultural diplomacy – Forum on cultural attractiveness (March 9, 2016)

◢  Morocco – United Nations

 
Ministerial meeting chaired by Jean-Marc Ayrault – (Paris - March 13, 2016)

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault will welcome his German, American, British and Italian counterparts to the Quai d'Orsay on March 13, along with Federica Mogherini, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, to discuss the situation in Syria, Ukraine and Yemen.



Kosovo – Meeting between Harlem Désir and the Kosovar foreign minister (Paris - March 9, 2016)

Minister of State for European Affairs Harlem Désir will welcome Kosovar Foreign Minister Petrit Selimi today.

They will discuss bilateral relations, the EU's relationship with Kosovo, and continuing the dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade.



Tourism / Germany – Matthias Fekl's trip to Berlin (March 9, 2016)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism, and French Nationals Abroad, is traveling to Berlin today to inaugurate the France pavilion set up by [French tourism agency] Atout France at the International Tourism Bourse, one of the world's largest international trade shows showcasing tourism.

Mr. Fekl will be joined by Berlin Mayor Michael Müller, Jean-François Martins, Deputy Mayor of Paris for Tourism, and Jean-Paul Huchon, tasked by the Prime Minister with promoting tourism, as he emphasizes the qualities that make Paris an exceptional tourist destination. He will discuss French-German tourism priorities with Iris Gleicke, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, who is notably in charge of tourism.

During his trip, Mr. Fekl will also discuss major trade policy challenges—particularly the transatlantic partnership and our bilateral economic ties—with Matthias Machnig, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

With Jean-Marc Todeschini, Minister of State for Veterans and Remembrance, Mr. Fekl will also inaugurate the exhibit "Verdun – a Century of Peace, 1916-2016," at the Institut français.



Israel – Attacks in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Petah Tikva (March 8 & 9, 2016)

France condemns the attacks in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Petah Tikva on March 8 and 9.

We offer our condolences to the victim's family and assure the loved ones of those injured of our solidarity.

France is concerned by the ongoing violence in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, in the absence of a political future. It will keep striving to revive peace talks, which is precisely the purpose of the initiative it is promoting.



Cultural diplomacy – Forum on cultural attractiveness (March 9, 2016)

The "Grand Tour," which was launched in January, aims to promote, under a single brand, the exceptional dynamism of our regions in the cultural sphere.

In this context, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development will host the forum on "Culture – Destination France: How to better promote France's attractiveness?" today at the Ministerial Conference Center.

This event, opened by André Vallini, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, and attended by MichaĆ«lle Jean, Secretary-General of the International Organization of la Francophonie, will provide an opportunity for cultural stakeholders and entrepreneurs, including festival directors and elected representatives, to work on the challenges of promoting France's cultural appeal.

For more information, please visit: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/politique-etrangere-de-la-france/diplomatie-culturelle/les-actualites-et-evenements-2015-de-la-diplomatie-culturelle/article/diplomatie-culturelle-lancement-du-grand-tour-14-01-16.



Morocco – United Nations

The Moroccan government protested in the strongest possible terms on Tuesday about the comments made by Ban Ki-moon on the question of the Sahara, noting "with great amazement, Ban Ki-moon's unwarranted verbal excesses, his presentation of a fait accompli and gestures of complacency during his recent visit to the region." What is France's response to these developments and their impact on the process aimed at resolving this conflict?

The visit by the UN secretary-general to the region provided an opportunity to address, among other issues, the question of the Western Sahara, where MINURSO peacekeepers are deployed; the United Nations is engaged in mediation efforts to resolve the issue. France supports these efforts within the framework of the parameters established by the Security Council.

France's position on the Western Sahara is well known and remains unchanged. We support the efforts to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution, under the auspices of the UN.

France considers the autonomy plan presented by Morocco in 2007 to be a sound and credible basis for a negotiated solution.


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