The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - August 29, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Ambassadors' Week – #1 ambassadeur 1 entrepreneur (Paris - August 29, 2016)

◢  Yemen – Attack against a military recruitment center (August 29, 2016)

◢  Chad – Death of soldiers (August 27, 2016)

◢  Gabon

 
Ambassadors' Week – #1 ambassadeur 1 entrepreneur (Paris - August 29, 2016)

Ambassadors' Week opens today with "speed dating-style" meetings between ambassadors and representatives of SMEs, in the presence of Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development.

425 companies will therefore have the opportunity to meet with our ambassadors over the course of 1,585 business meetings. This edition follows on from last year's event which proved a huge success with firms, especially SMEs, with 99% of them expressing satisfaction with this arrangement.

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will launch the event.

For more information, please visit: https://www.1ambassadeur1entrepreneur.fr/Home.aspx



Yemen – Attack against a military recruitment center (August 29, 2016)

France condemns the attack carried out against a military recruitment center in Aden, which killed 45 people.

We express our condolences to the victims' families.

France reaffirms its support for the Yemeni authorities and people in the fight against terrorism, particularly against the Al Qaeda groups in the Arabian Peninsula and Daesh.

It underscores the urgent need to return to the peace negotiations under the auspices of UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed in order to reach a political solution.



Chad – Death of soldiers (August 27, 2016)

France expresses its condolences to the families of four Chadian soldiers killed on August 27 by an explosive device, as well to the Chadian authorities.

We reaffirm our wholehearted solidarity with Chad and with the countries of the region in the fight against terrorism.



Gabon

What's your response to the presidential elections in Gabon, which have, according to the figures collected by the opposition, reportedly been won by Jean Ping? Do you share the opinion of the socialist party which stated in a communiqué published yesterday that a change in power would be a sign of a healthy democracy and would set an example?

As with any election, we should wait until the end of the election process.

France supports the work of the EU Election Observation Mission in Gabon.


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