The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - July 18, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Turkey – Telephone conversation between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu [Reminder of the statement issued by the spokesperson] (July 17, 2016)

◢  United Kingdom – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his British counterpart, Boris Johnson [Reminder of the statement issued by the spokesperson] (July 17, 2016)

◢  UNESCO – Inscription of Le Corbusier's work on the World Heritage List [Reminder of the statement issued by the spokesperson] (July 17, 2016)

◢  Quai d'Orsay – Jean-Marc Ayrault's participation in the "journée du réseau de coopération et d'action culturelle" [cooperation and cultural action network conference] (July 18, 2016)

◢  Human rights – International Criminal Justice Day (July 17, 2016)

◢  Health – 21st International AIDS Conference (Durban - July 18-22, 2016)

◢  Bahrain – Dissolution of al-Wefaq (July 17, 2016)

◢  Yemen – Resumption of peace negotiations (Kuwait - July 16, 2016)

 
Turkey – Telephone conversation between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu [Reminder of the statement issued by the spokesperson] (July 17, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, spoke on the telephone with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, on July 16.

The two ministers discussed the failed coup attempt in Turkey. Mevlut Cavusoglu confirmed that the civil authorities had regained control of the situation. Jean-Marc Ayrault expressed the hope that Turkish democracy would be strengthened by this ordeal and that fundamental freedoms would be fully respected.

Following the attack in Nice, the Turkish minister extended his condolences to the French people. The two interlocutors confirmed their determination to combat the scourge of terrorism. They agreed to meet next week in Washington at the ministerial meeting of the coalition against Daesh.



United Kingdom – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his British counterpart, Boris Johnson [Reminder of the statement issued by the spokesperson] (July 17, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, spoke on the telephone with his new British counterpart, Boris Johnson, on July 16.

Boris Johnson expressed his shock at the attacks in Nice, and expressed his country's solidarity with France in the face of this terrible ordeal. The two ministers discussed the strengthening of cooperation with respect to combating terrorism. Jean-Marc Ayrault stressed that the upcoming negotiations on the United Kingdom's orderly exit from the European Union should take place under the best possible conditions and in a transparent manner.

The two ministers will meet at the Foreign Affairs Council on July 18 in Brussels.



UNESCO – Inscription of Le Corbusier's work on the World Heritage List [Reminder of the statement issued by the spokesperson] (July 17, 2016)

I welcome the inscription of Le Corbusier's work on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

The nomination of the architectural work of Le Corbusier, submitted under the category of cultural property, is the result of exemplary international cooperation between seven states (Germany, Argentina, Belgium, France, India, Japan and Switzerland).

The nomination relates to 17 buildings on three continents, including the Curutchet House in La Plata, Argentina, the National Museum of Western Art in Japan, Chandigarh in India, and the Cité Radieuse in Marseille and the suburbs of Nantes.

The inscription of Le Corbusier's work on UNESCO's World Heritage List by the World Heritage Committee, which met in Istanbul, confirms its universal value and will benefit its preservation and conservation all over the world.



Quai d'Orsay – Jean-Marc Ayrault's participation in the "journée du réseau de coopération et d'action culturelle" [cooperation and cultural action network conference] (July 18, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will today chair the closing session of the "journée du réseau de coopération et d'action culturelle" [cooperation and cultural action network conference].

He will deliver a speech to the ministry's officials and the personnel responsible for facilitating our cooperation and cultural action abroad. The main themes of this event include digital technology in education, development following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and COP21, health, partnerships with civil society and support for international action by regional and local authorities.

Our policy of influence and solidarity is now central to our diplomatic efforts. An annual budget of approximately €2.5 billion has been devoted to this area, mainly to promote sustainable development, to enhance our country's attractiveness in the economic, tourism and academic spheres, as well as to raise its profile in the cultural, linguistic and scientific fields.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development oversees a network of 158 cooperation departments within its embassies, which work with 98 Instituts français, 383 Alliances Françaises and almost 500 schools with French programs. In Paris, the ministry has authority over the agencies responsible for the government's external action.

For more information, please visit http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/le-ministere-et-son-reseau/operateurs-du-maedi/.



Human rights – International Criminal Justice Day (July 17, 2016)

On the occasion of International Criminal Justice Day on July 17, France reaffirms its resolute commitment to combating impunity everywhere.

We reaffirm that international criminal justice is one of the foundations of lasting peace. France has supported the International Criminal Court since its creation. We call on the states that are not yet parties to the Rome Statute to join it and we call on everyone to fully cooperate with the court with respect to its ongoing proceedings.

France supports the efforts undertaken to enhance the effectiveness of international criminal justice and the defense of the rights of victims.



Health – 21st International AIDS Conference (Durban - July 18-22, 2016)

The 21st International AIDS Conference opens today in Durban, in South Africa. Several thousand participants, representatives of state authorities, civil society and health professionals will discuss ways to combat HIV over a period of five days. France will be represented by Elisabeth Barbier, Ambassador of France to South Africa.

The fight against AIDS and communicable diseases all over the world is a priority for France. President Hollande announced that our contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria would total more than €1 billion over the next three years (2017-2019).

France is mobilizing its research institutions. We support local health systems and the persons affected, whose fundamental rights must be respected. France was also behind the creation of innovative financing mechanisms, notably the tax on airline tickets and on financial transactions.

Lastly, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and several regional and international authorities and French associations, a French-language booth has been set up to highlight the diverse actions of French-speaking actors to combat HIV, including with respect to access to care and support for affected persons, prevention, research, and the fight against discrimination.

To follow the latest news on the mobilization efforts of French-speaking actors, visit: http://espacefrancophoneaids2016.fr/#/, on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/espacefrancophoneAIDS2016/, on Twitter : https://twitter.com/DURBAN2016.



Bahrain – Dissolution of al-Wefaq (July 17, 2016)

France deplores the decision of Bahrain's Supreme Administrative Court to order, on July 17, that the political opposition movement al-Wefaq be dissolved.

We call on the Bahraini authorities to establish an environment conducive to the resumption of a broader political dialogue, which is essential for national reconciliation and the country's stability.



Yemen – Resumption of peace negotiations (Kuwait - July 16, 2016)

France welcomes the resumption of the UN-led inter-Yemeni peace talks in Kuwait. We congratulate all of the actors who made this possible.

France again expresses its full support for Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General, in his efforts to facilitate the conclusion of a lasting political agreement.

We call on all of the warring parties to fully comply with the ceasefire and to do everything possible to ensure that an agreement can be found, in accordance with the provisions of UNSCR 2216. This will involve a new transition process, the formation of a government that represents the entire Yemeni population and the return of state institutions.

We remain extremely concerned about the security, humanitarian and economic situation in Yemen.


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