The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - July 5, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Death of Abbas Kiarostami – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault (July 4, 2016)

◢  United States – Reception by Jean-Marc Ayrault of the most recent graduating class of the French-American Foundation's "Young Leaders" program (Paris - July 5, 2016)

◢  Saudi Arabia – Attacks (July 4, 2016)

◢  Cameroon – Release of Lydienne Yen Eyoum Loïse (July 4, 2016)

◢  Kosovo – Signing of a memorandum on the financing of wastewater treatment in Pristina. (July 5, 2016)

 
Death of Abbas Kiarostami – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault (July 4, 2016)

I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Abbas Kiarostami today in Paris. Abbas Kiarostami, a leading filmmaker who was awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 for his masterpiece "Taste of Cherry," revolutionized Iranian cinema.

France pays tribute to this consummate artist who embodied the New Wave of Iranian cinema with his unique sense of poetry. He spread his unique vision of Iran all over the world, leaving his imprint on the history of cinema.

I extend my condolences to his family and friends. France has lost a friend; the world has lost a great artist.



United States – Reception by Jean-Marc Ayrault of the most recent graduating class of the French-American Foundation's "Young Leaders" program (Paris - July 5, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive the most recent graduating class of the French-American Foundation's "Young Leaders" program this evening at the Quai d'Orsay.

Jean-Marc Ayrault will congratulate the young people selected on the basis of their outstanding achievements and their willingness to contribute to the development of French-American relations. He will pay tribute to the work of the French-American Foundation, which has worked to strengthen French-American friendship for 40 years.

This program aims to build ties between young American and French leaders who will have a key role to play in transatlantic relations. Some 20 young French and American citizens are selected every year by a jury in France and the United States. More than 400 members have taken part in this program since it was launched in 1981.



Saudi Arabia – Attacks (July 4, 2016)

France strongly condemns the terrorist attacks carried out in Jeddah, Qatif and Medina on July 4, which left four people dead. These attacks, which notably targeted a city that is sacred to Muslims from all over the world, are especially heinous.

We extend our condolences to the victims' families.

France assures Saudi Arabia of its solidarity in the fight against terrorism.



Cameroon – Release of Lydienne Yen Eyoum Loïse (July 4, 2016)

France welcomes the release of Lydienne Yen Eyoum Loïse following the clemency decree signed in her favor by President Paul Biya.

The French authorities have provided Ms. Eyoum and her family with constant support throughout her detention.



Kosovo – Signing of a memorandum on the financing of wastewater treatment in Pristina. (July 5, 2016)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development welcomes the signing today of a Memorandum of Understanding between Michel Sapin, Minister of Finance and Public Accounts, and his Kosovo counterpart Avdullah Hoti.

This memorandum will allow for the funding by France, through a loan, of the waste water treatment project in the greater Pristina area put together with the support of our embassy.

It reflects the willingness of France—which hosted the Paris Balkans Summit on July 4—to contribute to the economic and social development of the Balkans.


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