The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - July 12, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Tunisia – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his counterpart, Khemaies Jhinaoui (Paris - July 13, 2016)

◢  South Sudan – Call for the implementation of the ceasefire

◢  Israel – NGO law

◢  Iran

 
Tunisia – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his counterpart, Khemaies Jhinaoui (Paris - July 13, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive his Tunisian counterpart, Khemaies Jhinaoui, for a working lunch on July 13.

The ministers will take stock of the development of our bilateral cooperation, which has been considerably strengthened since 2015 in order to support Tunisian democracy, notably on the economic and security fronts. The discussions will notably focus on preparations for the economic conference on investment promotion, due to be hosted by Tunisia in November, with France's support.

Mr. Ayrault and Mr. Jhinaoui will also discuss the regional crises, notably the situation in Libya.



South Sudan – Call for the implementation of the ceasefire

France calls for the immediate implementation of the ceasefire announced on July 11 by President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar.

We condemn the murder of two Chinese peacekeepers and a local UN staff member during the attacks over the last few days. The attacks against the UN may constitute war crimes.

France extends its condolences to the families of all of the victims and to the Chinese authorities. It assures the injured of its solidarity.



Israel – NGO law

The Israeli Parliament has adopted a law on the financing of NGOs, forcing them to declare funding from abroad.

France expresses its concern and reaffirms that NGOs play a vital role in democratic life. It is the responsibility of states to establish and maintain a conducive working environment for NGOs.

We defend the freedom of expression and the freedom of assembly throughout the world.



Iran

Could you confirm the Iranian reports relating to the resumption of nuclear cooperation with France, as well as the decision to build a French-Iranian thermonuclear experimental reactor? Are there other projects, such as the resumption, in the future, of contacts with respect to the ITER project, which had been suspended as a result of the controversy regarding the Iranian nuclear program?

France supports the full and rigorous implementation of the agreement concluded on July 14, 2015, in Vienna. This agreement allows for the development of civil nuclear cooperation with Iran.

With respect to the ITER project, please contact ITER for more information.


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