The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development

Paris - July 19, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Syria – Jean-Marc Ayrault's participation in the Quint ministerial meeting (London - July 19, 2016)

◢  Iraq – Visit by M. André Vallini (July 18-22, 2016)

◢  Germany – Attack on a train in Bavaria (July 18, 2016)

◢  North Korea – Alleged firing of three ballistic missiles (July 19, 2016)

◢  Morocco

Syria – Jean-Marc Ayrault's participation in the Quint ministerial meeting (London - July 19, 2016)

M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will today take part in a ministerial meeting on Syria in the presence of his counterparts from Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and United States and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The ministers and Ms Mogherini will review the situation on the ground, at a time when the regime and its supporters are continuing their offensives and laying siege to the population, particularly in Aleppo, in flagrant violation of international commitments and United Nations resolutions.

M. Jean-Marc Ayrault will stress the need to step up the efforts being made to combat terrorism. He will recall that, in keeping with the French President's commitments, we shall intensify our military action against Daesh [so-called ISIL].

It is more urgent than ever to establish a political transition in Syria, in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254 and the International Syria Support Group's communiqué of 17 May.

Iraq – Visit by M. André Vallini (July 18-22, 2016)

M. André Vallini, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, is in Iraq to renew France's political, military and humanitarian support for that country.

On 19 July Mr Haider al-Abadi, Prime Minister of Iraq, hosted a meeting with the Minister of State, who emphasized to him France's wish to stand alongside his country in its efforts to combat Daesh, achieve national reconciliation and assist civilians.

Two weeks after the terrible attack in Karrada, which plunged Iraq into mourning, he told him of our country's full solidarity with the Iraqi people, who are confronted with terrorism every day. The French armed forces are taking part, alongside the Iraqis and in the international coalition, in the battle against Daesh.

M. Vallini will meet French service personnel from Operation Chammal. He will also have a meeting with the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon, Louis Raphaël I Sako, to whom he will reiterate France's support for all those persecuted by Daesh.

He will then go to Iraqi Kurdistan, where he will meet the region's authorities, which are heavily involved in the fight against the terrorist group.

The Minister of State will visit several humanitarian projects supported by France, in particular helping people who have been the victims of ethnic and religious violence. Among other things, he will inaugurate the school in the displaced people's camp of Bardarash which educates more than 2,000 children, mostly from the Shabak minority.

Germany – Attack on a train in Bavaria (July 18, 2016)

We were appalled to learn of the attack carried out on 18 July on a train in Bavaria, during which four people were wounded, two seriously. We wish them all a speedy recovery.

France expresses its total solidarity with Germany.

An investigation is under way in Germany to shed full light on this heinous act and what motivated it.

North Korea – Alleged firing of three ballistic missiles (July 19, 2016)

There are reports of North Korea firing three ballistic missiles, including a medium-range missile. If confirmed, this firing would constitute a further, unacceptable violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

France calls for the complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantling of North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. The North Korean ballistic programme, accompanied by the development of a nuclear arsenal, constitutes a serious threat to regional and international peace and security.

We reiterate the need for the whole international community to fully implement the United Nations Security Council resolutions, particularly Resolution 2270 of 2 March 2016. France is working with its partners and the international community to provide an appropriate response to North Korea's repeated destabilizing actions.


Q. Morocco has announced its intention to rejoin the AU. What's your reaction to this, especially since Rabat and Paris have continually expressed their determination to strengthen their partnership for Africa?

Morocco's return to the African Union would make an important contribution to the African continent's growing integration, which France encourages.

Indeed, a united Africa is an engine for peace, stability and development for the continent and the rest of the world.

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