The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - June 1, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Estonia – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his counterpart, Marina Kaljurand (Paris - June 1, 2016)

◢  Sri Lanka – Meetings with the minister of foreign affairs hosted by Mr. Ayrault, Mr. Fekl and Mr. Vallini (Paris - June 1-3, 2016)

◢  Montenegro – Meeting between Harlem Désir and his counterpart, Aleksandar Andrija Pejovic (Paris - June 1, 2016)

◢  Mali – Attacks in Gao (May 31, 2016)

◢  Mali – Attacks in Gao (May 31, 2016)

◢  Burundi – Situation of Esdras Ndikumana, RFI and AFP correspondent (June 1, 2016)

◢  Environment – International Coral Reef Initiative (June 1, 2016)

◢  Climate / Local governments – Call issued for "Climat II" projects (June 1, 2016)

 
Estonia – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his counterpart, Marina Kaljurand (Paris - June 1, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will meet with his Estonian counterpart, Marina Kaljurand, this afternoon.

The ministers will discuss key current European and international issues as well as the development of bilateral relations, notably in the economic sphere.



Sri Lanka – Meetings with the minister of foreign affairs hosted by Mr. Ayrault, Mr. Fekl and Mr. Vallini (Paris - June 1-3, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will today receive Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, who is conducting a working visit to France from June 1 to 3, 2016.

Mr. Samaraweera will also be recieved by Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, and by André Vallini, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie.

These meetings will provide an opportunity to mark France's support for the courageous policy of openness and reconciliation pursued by the Sri Lankan authorities since the presidential elections in 2015 and to strengthen our cooperation, notably on the economic front, in order to contribute to the island's development. Agreements in the areas of cultural heritage, the teaching of French, and development will also be signed.



Montenegro – Meeting between Harlem Désir and his counterpart, Aleksandar Andrija Pejovic (Paris - June 1, 2016)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will today receive Aleksandar Andrija Pejovic, State Secretary for European Integration and Chief Negotiator for Negotiations on the Accession of Montenegro to the European Union.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to take stock of Montenegro's European rapprochement, as well as preparations for the Paris summit on the Western Balkans due to take place on July 4, at the invitation of President Hollande.



Mali – Attacks in Gao (May 31, 2016)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will today receive Aleksandar Andrija Pejovic, State Secretary for European Integration and Chief Negotiator for Negotiations on the Accession of Montenegro to the European Union.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to take stock of Montenegro's European rapprochement, as well as preparations for the Paris summit on the Western Balkans due to take place on July 4, at the invitation of President Hollande.



Mali – Attacks in Gao (May 31, 2016)

France condemns the terrorist attacks last night in Gao which left several people dead. The circumstances behind these attacks are being investigated.

France extends its condolences to the victims' families.

It stands alongside the Malian authorities as well as MINUSMA and remains more committed than ever to supporting them in their efforts to combat terrorism and ensure Mali's stabilization.



Burundi – Situation of Esdras Ndikumana, RFI and AFP correspondent (June 1, 2016)

France expresses its deep concern following the statements by the Burundian authorities accusing Burundian journalist Esdras Ndikumana—RFI and AFP correspondent and winner of the 2015 French diplomatic press prize—of inciting violence.

We condemn the threats made against him, notably on social networks. Journalists must be able to carry out their work independently and safely.

France calls for the commitments to resolving the crisis announced in February by the Burundian authorities to be fully implemented, including with respect to the reopening of all independent media outlets.

We reaffirm our attachment to the freedom of expression and the freedom of the press everywhere.



Environment – International Coral Reef Initiative (June 1, 2016)

As of today, France and Madagascar will replace Japan and Thailand as co-chairs of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat, which rotates every two years.

The ICRI was created in 1994 and brings together states, international organizations, scientific bodies and NGOs that are committed to combating the degradation of coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world. France, which alone has 10% of the coral reefs charted around the world, and the second longest coral reef, in New Caledonia, is very committed to this issue.

In a context of accelerated destruction of coral reefs due to climate disruption, the French-Madagascan ICRI co-chairs will focus on leading the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, monitoring the status of the reefs by region, and assessing the recent and very important phenomenon of coral bleaching. It will also focus on the initiatives in the Indian Ocean region.

The next ICRI general assembly will take place in Paris from November 2 to 4, 2016. A second meeting will take place in Madagascar in 2017.



Climate / Local governments – Call issued for "Climat II" projects (June 1, 2016)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development has issued its second call for projects with local governments here in France that involve international cooperation on the climate and the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The aim of this call for projects, known as Climat II, is to promote the expertise of local French governments in fighting climate disruption in a way that benefits the cities or regions of developing countries in particular.

In line with the Paris Agreement, it encourages decentralized, cooperative efforts that boost the impact of efforts to adapt to climate change in such areas as water, alert management, coastal risks, and food security.

For more information, go to:
- http://goo.gl/nCQYIR
- http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/IMG/pdf/Laureats_de_l_tableau_cle4b4666.pdf


France in the
United States
Embassy of France in Washington, D.C.
f t Flickr Instagram