The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - March 10, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Paraguay – Meeting between the minister and his counterpart, Eladio Loizaga (March 10, 2016)

◢  Culture / Heritage / Oman – Discovery of bronze weapons dating from the Iron Age (March 10, 2016)

 
Paraguay – Meeting between the minister and his counterpart, Eladio Loizaga (March 10, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive Eladio Loizaga, Paraguay’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, today.

They will take stock of the main regional issues and international crises and look at how we are working together, notably within the UN Human Rights Council. The two ministers will work on strengthening our bilateral relations. France would like to strengthen its cooperation with Paraguay, notably in the academic field, and boost our trade relations.



Culture / Heritage / Oman – Discovery of bronze weapons dating from the Iron Age (March 10, 2016)

The French archaeological mission in Oman has just uncovered an exceptional collection of bronze weapons dating from Iron Age II (900-600 B.C.) near Adam, in the Sultanate of Oman. The collection notably includes two complete quivers and weapons—including five bows—made of copper and bronze.

The archeological excavations—led by Guillaume Gernez from the Laboratoire Archéologies et Sciences de l'Antiquité—which began in 2011 in this area, are aimed at gaining a better understanding of the political system, social practices and rituals that existed in ancient Arabia at that time.

This archeological mission notably receives support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development as well as from the Ministry of Heritage and Culture of the Sultanate of Oman.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development supports more than 160 archeological missions, from paleontology to the medieval period, in 65 countries.



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