The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - September 7, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Azerbaijan – Meeting between Harlem Désir and Elmar Mammadyarov, Azerbaijani Minister of Foreign Affairs (Paris - September 7, 2016)

◢  Foreign trade – Presentation by Matthias Fekl of the "Rencontres Africa 2016" (Paris - September 6, 2016)

◢  Malaysia – Meeting between Matthias Fekl and Mah Siew Keong, Malaysian minister of plantations and commodities (Paris - September 7, 2016)

◢  Russia / Human rights – Law on foreign agents

 
Azerbaijan – Meeting between Harlem Désir and Elmar Mammadyarov, Azerbaijani Minister of Foreign Affairs (Paris - September 7, 2016)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will today receive Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

They will take stock of the discussions underway to find a negotiated, peaceful and lasting solution to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, under the auspices of the co-chairs of the Minsk Group.

Mr. Désir and Mr. Mammadyarov will also discuss the development of relations between Azerbaijan and France, as well as between Azerbaijan and the EU.



Foreign trade – Presentation by Matthias Fekl of the "Rencontres Africa 2016" (Paris - September 6, 2016)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, presented the "Rencontres Africa 2016" yesterday during a press conference, notably attended by former Prime Minister of Benin Lionel Zinsou, Co-Chair of AfricaFrance.

These meetings, which will take place from September 22 to 23 on the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Ministry for the Economy and Finance, will be a high point with respect to the promotion of our economic diplomacy. 1,200 participants have already registered.

For two days, the participants will meet at the Economic, Social and Environmental Council in order to establish contacts and exchange views, as well as take part in various sessions on business financing, inclusive growth and digitization.



Malaysia – Meeting between Matthias Fekl and Mah Siew Keong, Malaysian minister of plantations and commodities (Paris - September 7, 2016)

Matthias Fekl, minister of state for foreign trade, the promotion of tourism, and French nationals abroad, is meeting today with Mah Siew Keong, Malaysia’s minister of plantation industries and commodities.

They will review French-Malaysian economic relations, particularly in the area of agriculture.

Malaysia is one of France's major economic partners in Southeast Asia. With commercial exchanges amounting to 4.2 billion euros, it is our fourth-largest trading partner in the region and harbors more than 270 French companies.



Russia / Human rights – Law on foreign agents

France learned of the Russian justice ministry's decision to include the Levada Center on the list of "foreign agents," which is causing its director to suspend its activities. The Levada Center is internationally renowned for the high quality of its studies.

More than 140 Russian civil society organizations have been affected by procedures since this law came into force in 2012. We also express our concern following the inspection on September 5 of the international branch of the universally respected NGO Memorial, which could lead to it being designated as a "foreign agent."

We stress the importance we ascribe to fundamental liberties, notably the freedom of association, opinion, and expression, throughout the world.


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