The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - September 6, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Development – Jean-Marc Ayrault attending ninth edition of Convergences World Forum (Paris - September 6, 2016)

◢  Bulgaria – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his counterpart, Daniel Mitov (Paris - September 6, 2016)

◢  Syria – Terrorist attacks (September 5, 2016)

◢  Afghanistan – Attacks (September 5-6, 2016)

◢  Burma/Myanmar – Consultative Commission for Rakhine State

◢  Yemen – Attack on an army camp in Marib province (September 5, 2016)

◢  Gabon

 
Development – Jean-Marc Ayrault attending ninth edition of Convergences World Forum (Paris - September 6, 2016)

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault is attending the Convergences World Forum today to meet young people involved in the fight against poverty and insecurity around the world.

Convergences is a European learning initiative aimed at creating ties between those involved in development, whether they be researchers or the representatives of NGOs, businesses, administrations, or the media. Its goal is to promote sustainable development and to combat exclusion in both the North and the Global South.

This year's forum will focus on the shift toward sustainable developments in cities and rural areas. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development is leading two workshops on the role of philanthropy in sustainable development and digital data in the service of development.

For more information, visit http://www.convergences.org/forum-mondial/presentation/.



Bulgaria – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his counterpart, Daniel Mitov (Paris - September 6, 2016)

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault is meeting with his Bulgarian counterpart, Daniel Mitov, on September 6.

The two ministers will review preparations for the Bratislava summit and the crucial revival of the European project. They will also discuss other major European and international challenges (the European Neighborhood Policy, counterterrorism).

This meeting steps up our relations with Bulgaria, particularly in the economic arena.



Syria – Terrorist attacks (September 5, 2016)

France condemns the attacks on several locations in Syria on September 5.

France underscores the urgent need to bring about a cessation of hostilities, enable civilians to access the humanitarian aid they need, and resume negotiations on a political transition.

On September 7, Jean-Marc Ayrault will attend the Friends of Syria meeting in London.

What do you expect from the Friends of Syria meeting tomorrow in London? What can this group do, given that Washington and Moscow have failed to reach an agreement?

The London meeting represents an opportunity for the Friends of Syria to continue the dialogue on that country with the High Negotiations Committee, which is actively working toward achieving a political transition.

Mr. Ayrault will reaffirm France's support for a political solution that will require putting the necessary conditions in place. In that regard, he reiterates the urgent need to end hostilities to ease the suffering of Syrians and allow for the resumption of negotiations.

The minister will also stress France's support for the moderate opposition. The latter has demonstrated its sense of responsibility in its commitment to a political transition.



Afghanistan – Attacks (September 5-6, 2016)

France condemns the attacks in Kabul on the Afghan Defense Ministry and Afghan security forces, as well as the Pamlarena charity, that left several dozen dead and injured.

We offer our condolences to the victims' families and wish the injured a speedy recovery.

France stands shoulder to shoulder with the Afghan people and supports the Afghan authorities in their fight against terrorism.



Burma/Myanmar – Consultative Commission for Rakhine State

France applauds the Burmese government's establishment of a consultative commission for Rakhine State chaired by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

We support the efforts of Mr. Annan, who on September 6 is making his first visit to Rakhine, where the situation remains troubling, particularly with respect to the Rohingya minority.

France encourages all efforts made by the Burmese government to end the violence, restore dialogue, and open a path to reconciliation in Burma.



Yemen – Attack on an army camp in Marib province (September 5, 2016)

France condemns the attack on September 5 on a military base in Marib province that took the lives of at least 20 soldiers.

We offer our condolences to the victims' families.

France stands with the Yemeni people and authorities at this sad time. It reiterates the urgent need to achieve a political solution, the only thing that can keep the security situation from further deteriorating and make it possible to effectively combat terrorism.

To this end, we reiterate our full support for the efforts of UN special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.



Gabon

Do you have an estimate of the number of people killed in Gabon since the beginning of the troubles? Is Libreville giving you any information on the dual citizens of whom Paris has no news?

I refer you to the Gabonese authorities for the latest estimate of the victims.

Yesterday, our embassy in Libreville sent a note to the Gabonese authorities and took steps to protect our citizens, some of whom have been arrested. It is asking for France to be able to fully exercise the protections to which its citizens are entitled under the Vienna Convention.

That includes access to its nationals, the ability to ascertain the conditions in which they are being held, and respect for their rights.

France hopes the Gabonese authorities will respond to this request without delay.


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