The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - May 30, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Tourism – Launch of the "Destination Paris" promotional campaign (Paris - May 30, 2016)

◢  Oman – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and the secretary general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Paris - May 30, 2016)

◢  Latin America – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Ernesto Samper (Paris - May 31, 2016)

◢  Libya – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (Paris - May 31, 2016)

◢  Libya – Meetings with the chairman of the Libyan National Oil Corporation (Paris - May 31, 2016)

◢  Western Balkans – Harlem Désir's participation in a forum (Paris - May 30, 2016)

◢  Ukraine – Incidents on the line of contact

◢  Mali – Attacks (May 27 and 29, 2016)

 
Tourism – Launch of the "Destination Paris" promotional campaign (Paris - May 30, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and JérÔme Chartier, Vice-President of the Ile-de-France Regional Council, will present the "Destination Paris" promotional campaign during a joint press conference today at 4:00 pm at the Eiffel Tower and will launch, on this occasion, the component of the campaign aimed at the general public.

The events of November 13 severely impacted the number of foreign tourists visiting Paris, even though it remained the world's top tourist destination in 2015, with more than 16 million international visitors.

The promotional plan presented today is aimed at reassuring visitors and professionals about the security situation in Paris. It is also targeted at the general public with a view to restoring the enthusiasm it has always had for Paris. This document was put together with the expertise of Atout France, the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as the Ile-de-France Regional Tourism Committee.



Oman – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and the secretary general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Paris - May 30, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive Sayyid Badr al-Busaidi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Oman, today.

They will notably discuss the regional crises in the Middle East; the Sultanate of Oman is one of France's key partners in this region.

Jean-Marc Ayrault and Sayyid Badr al-Busaidi will discuss our bilateral relations, notably in the economic, educational and cultural spheres.



Latin America – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Ernesto Samper (Paris - May 31, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will meet with Ernesto Samper, former Colombian President and current Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), who has been invited to France in connection with Latin America and Caribbean Week.

Jean-Marc Ayrault and Ernesto Samper will take stock of the situation in the region, against the backdrop of the particularly troubling crisis in Venezuela.



Libya – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (Paris - May 31, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will meet with Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya on May 31.

France actively supports the work of the UN Support Mission in Libya aimed at national reconciliation and the stabilization of the country.

The priority now is for the Libyan forces to join together under the authority of the Government of National Accord and the Presidential Council led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, in order to effectively combat Daesh and the terrorist groups, strengthen border control and combat the trafficking of arms and migrants.

Indeed, political stabilization in Libya, thanks to the Government of National Accord, is essential in order to effectively combat the human trafficking that is continuously leading to intolerable tragedies.



Libya – Meetings with the chairman of the Libyan National Oil Corporation (Paris - May 31, 2016)

Mustafa Sanalla, Chairman of the Libyan National Oil Corporation, will be received tomorrow at the Quai d'Orsay for a working meeting which will be attended by about 10 French companies.

The goal of this meeting is to demonstrate France's commitment to Libya's recovery under the auspices of the Government of National Accord.

This would notably involve the revitalization of the economy and the restarting of oil production under the authority of the Government of National Accord.



Western Balkans – Harlem Désir's participation in a forum (Paris - May 30, 2016)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will this afternoon take part in the opening session of the forum entitled "The Western Balkans within the European Union new integration prospects?"

This meeting is being hosted at the Austrian Embassy by the Franco-Austrian Center, the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) and the International Center for European Training.

A few weeks ahead of the summit on the Balkans to be held on President Hollande's initiative on July 4 in Paris, Harlem Désir will reaffirm France's commitment to reconciliation, cooperation and the European rapprochement of all of the region's countries.



Ukraine – Incidents on the line of contact

France is deeply concerned at the incidents that have claimed several lives over the last few days along the line of contact and which were also targeted against OSCE observers.

We call on all parties to comply with the ceasefire and to guarantee OSCE's access throughout its area of operations, as they pledged to do.

The situation can only be stabilized through the full implementation of the Minsk agreements.



Mali – Attacks (May 27 and 29, 2016)

France condemns the attacks targeted against the Malian army on May 27 and against MINUSMA on May 29. These attacks killed five Malian soldiers and five Togolese peacekeepers.

We extend our condolences to the victims' families as well as to the Malian and Togolese authorities. Full light must be shed on these attacks.

France reaffirms its support for the Malian authorities as well as MINUSMA, which plays a key role in ensuring stability in Mali.


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