The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - May 18, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Syria – Meeting of the International Syria Support Group (May 17, 2016)

◢  Morocco – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his colleague Salaheddine Mezouar (May 18, 2016)

◢  Iraq / Attacks in Baghdad (May 17, 2016) – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

◢  Development – André Vallini’s participation in the "Salon des solidarités" (May 19-21, 2016)

◢  Côte d'Ivoire – Meeting of the Advisory Group on Financing for Development (Paris - May 17-18, 2016)

◢  Comoros – Elections (May 15, 2016)

◢  Mauritania – Decision to release Biram Ould Dah Abeid and Brahim Bilal Ramdhane (May 17, 2016)

◢  Climate / Environment – Visit by students to the Quai d’Orsay in the company of Nicolas Hulot (Paris - May 18, 2016)

 
Syria – Meeting of the International Syria Support Group (May 17, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, took part in a meeting of the International Syria Support Group yesterday in Vienna together with his counterparts in order to relaunch the peace process.

The work in Vienna and the final communiqué include, in follow-up to the ministerial meeting that Jean-Marc Ayrault chaired in Paris on May 9, concrete proposals for:

  • demanding an immediate cessation of all military operations, except to combat the terrorist groups recognized as such by the UN;
  • ensuring respect for international humanitarian law, while the Syrian regime continues to besiege hundreds of thousands of inhabitants;
  • facilitating the resumption of negotiations aimed at establishing a transitional government with full executive powers by August 1, in accordance with UNSCR 2254.

The communiqué adopted in Vienna on May 17 is a helpful step forward and must now be fully implemented by all parties. France will pay careful attention to this.



Morocco – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his colleague Salaheddine Mezouar (May 18, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive his Moroccan counterpart, Salaheddine Mezouar, this afternoon.

They will discuss the implementation of UNSCR 2285, which extends MINURSO’s mandate until April 3, 2017.

The two ministers will discuss key bilateral issues, as well as issues of common concern, especially the situation in Libya and Syria, and the French initiative regarding the Middle East peace process. This year, France and Morocco share the presidency of the "5+5 Dialogue," a forum for cooperation which brings together ten Western Mediterranean countries.

Mr. Ayrault and Mr. Mezouar will discuss climate challenges. France and Morocco are strongly committed to implementing the Paris Agreement and to ensuring the success of the Moroccan presidency of the COP.



Iraq / Attacks in Baghdad (May 17, 2016) – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

I utterly condemn the wave of deadly attacks carried out in Baghdad by Daesh.

I extend my heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families. I express my wholehearted solidarity with the Iraqi people in the face of the ignominy and barbarity of Daesh terrorists. The Iraqis can defeat Daesh by joining together.

France is determined to continue its fight against Daesh, alongside the Iraqi authorities and its partners in the international coalition.



Development – André Vallini’s participation in the "Salon des solidarités" (May 19-21, 2016)

André Vallini, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, will inaugurate, on Thursday, March 19 at the Parc des Expositions, the sixth edition of the "Salon des solidarités, " which will be devoted to the topic "After emotion, commitment" (May 19-21, 2016).

On the eve of the World Humanitarian Summit (Istanbul - May 23-24, 2016), this event will provide an opportunity for international solidarity, humanitarian and development actors to share their experiences during conferences and workshops. Some 200 stands will be open to the public, notably including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development’s stand.

The ministry and the Ministry of Urban Affairs, Youth and Sport, will co-host the events relating to the "La France s'engage au Sud" ("France is committed to the South") competition.



Côte d'Ivoire – Meeting of the Advisory Group on Financing for Development (Paris - May 17-18, 2016)

The Advisory Group on Côte d'Ivoire is currently meeting in Paris in order to mobilize the resources needed to finance Côte d’Ivoire’s national development plan for the period 2016-2020. This meeting has been organized by the government of Côte d'Ivoire together with the World Bank and the support of the country’s financial partners, including France.

André Vallini, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, attended the opening ceremony on May 17, chaired by Daniel Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire. After four years of strong growth, this country has once again become West Africa’s main growth hub.

Funding, in the form of loans and grants, announced by the donors, will total $15.4 billion, including $12.7 billion in new funding. These exceptional amounts reflect the international community’s confidence in Côte d’Ivoire. France is playing a full role in this effort on the part of the international community and will disburse a total of $1.54 billion for Côte d’Ivoire for the period 2016-2020.



Comoros – Elections (May 15, 2016)

France congratulates the Comoros and the Comorian people on the exemplary and democratic conduct of the presidential election, the final results of which were announced on May 15.

We extend our congratulations to President-elect Azali Assoumani.

France will continue efforts to strengthen its close and friendly relations with the Union of The Comoros, notably in the field of economic and social development.



Mauritania – Decision to release Biram Ould Dah Abeid and Brahim Bilal Ramdhane (May 17, 2016)

France welcomes the decision by the Supreme Court of Mauritania to release. Biram Ould Dah Abeid and Brahim Bilal Ramdhane.

We reiterate our commitment to freedom of expression, association and peaceful demonstration. We encourage Mauritania to continue its efforts to fight modern forms of slavery in line with its international commitments and measures already taken at the national level.



Climate / Environment – Visit by students to the Quai d’Orsay in the company of Nicolas Hulot (Paris - May 18, 2016)

This morning, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development welcomed students from the Bartholdi vocational secondary school in Saint-Denis. They toured the Quai d’Orsay and discussed climate issues with Nicolas Hulot, president of the Foundation for Nature and Mankind, and ministerial personnel.

This visit follows an event held at their school in October 2015 on the preparation of the Paris Conference. The Ministry spokesperson had spoken with them and planted a "tree of brotherhood" at the school.

For several years now, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development has been involved in educational efforts aimed at the public, and particularly young people. Dozens of conferences and events are held nationwide in the course of the year, particularly at high schools, to enable thousands of young people of all social backgrounds to become more familiar with French foreign policy.


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