The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - September 15, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Serbia – Holding of meetings by Harlem Désir and Matthias Fekl (Paris - September 15, 2016)

◢  Culture – Death of photographer Gérard Rondeau (September 13, 2016)

◢  Syria

 
Serbia – Holding of meetings by Harlem Désir and Matthias Fekl (Paris - September 15, 2016)

In the context of the Serbian prime minister's visit to France, Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs and Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will meet with members of the Serbian government today.

This morning, Harlem Désir, together with Jadranka Joksimovic, Minister responsible for European Integration, took stock of Serbia's European integration process following the opening of two new negotiating chapters on July 18, and French assistance with respect to adopting the EU aquis. They discussed cooperation between the Western Balkan countries and the implementation of the conclusions of the Paris Balkans 2016 summit in July. They also signed an intergovernmental agreement on the employment of the spouses of public officials. A cooperation agreement was also signed in the area of oncology between French and Serbian academic institutions.

This afternoon, Matthias Fekl will meet with Goran Knezevic, Minister of Economy, to discuss the major bilateral projects, especially in the areas of transport and urban services and infrastructure. Goran Knezevic will sign an agreement on the continuation of cooperation in the area of private-public partnerships with the CEO of Expertise France.



Culture – Death of photographer Gérard Rondeau (September 13, 2016)

We were saddened to learn of the death of photographer Gérard Rondeau on September 13.

Gérard Rondeau, regarded as one of the most gifted contemporary photographers, was able to capture the world through his vivid portraits and reports, chronicling for instance the siege of Sarajevo and modern Morocco.

We extend our condolences to his family and friends.



Syria

The Russian minister of foreign affairs complained yesterday that the supporters of the Syrian opposition are not doing enough to ensure that they comply with the ceasefire and break away from Jabhat Fateh al-Sham. What's your response?

France's position is consistent: The terrorist groups must be defeated in Syria and the entire international community must pursue this goal.

This is the message we want to convey to all parties.

The agreement between the U.S. and Russia was concluded nearly a week ago; have your allies provided you with details of this agreement?

Jean-Marc Ayrault spoke about this yesterday during his visit to Ukraine.


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