The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - October 6, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Situation in Syria – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault to Russia and the United States / Reminder of the statement issued by the spokesperson (October 6-7, 2016)

◢  United Arab Emirates – Meeting between Harlem Désir and Amal Al Qubaisi, President of the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates (Paris - October 6, 2016)

◢  Haiti / Hurricane Matthew – Humanitarian assistance (October 6, 2016)

◢  Climate / Paris Agreement – Deposit of the instrument of ratification and entry into force

◢  European Union – Launch of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (October 6, 2016)

 
Situation in Syria – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault to Russia and the United States / Reminder of the statement issued by the spokesperson (October 6-7, 2016)

While the bombing of Aleppo is continuing, Jean Marc Ayrault will visit Moscow on Thursday, October 6 and Washington on Friday, October 7.

This tour is part of France's efforts to ensure that the Security Council adopts a resolution that will pave the way toward a ceasefire in Aleppo and ensure access by the populations to much-needed humanitarian assistance.



United Arab Emirates – Meeting between Harlem Désir and Amal Al Qubaisi, President of the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates (Paris - October 6, 2016)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, met today with Amal Al Qubaisi, President of the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Désir and Dr. Al Qubaisi discussed relations between our two countries, notably with a view toward preparing for the international conference on the preservation of heritage in danger in Abu Dhabi from December 2 to 3.

They also discussed the recent rule of law reforms in the United Arab Emirates, as well as the situation of women in the Middle East.

Dr. Al Qubaisi previously worked for UNESCO on the conservation of cultural heritage. She notably compiled comprehensive information on several historic sites in the UAE with a view toward granting them international legal protection.



Haiti / Hurricane Matthew – Humanitarian assistance (October 6, 2016)

France has decided to respond immediately to the appeal for humanitarian assistance launched by the Haitian authorities following Hurricane Matthew which hit the southwestern tip of Haiti on October 4.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development's crisis and support center is coordinating French humanitarian assistance and offering the Haitian authorities its expertise in the areas of aerial reconnaissance and needs assessment.

Within the framework of the partnership between the ministry and the Airbus Helicopters Foundation, two helicopters will conduct reconnaissance missions in order to assess the damage. Two French sécurité civile [emergency services] officers are also involved in the European needs assessment mission.

France extends its wholehearted solidarity with the Haitian government and people at this difficult time.



Climate / Paris Agreement – Deposit of the instrument of ratification and entry into force

The EU and seven of its member states, including France, together deposited their instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement on Wednesday, October 5, thereby making it possible to cross the second threshold for triggering the entry into force process (55 countries representing 55% of greenhouse gas emissions).

The Paris Agreement will therefore officially enter into force on November 4, a few days ahead of the start of COP22 in Marrakesh, less than a year after its adoption in Paris. The swiftness of this process is unprecedented. No other multilateral treaty of such importance has ever been ratified by so many countries in such a short period of time. The agreement has now been ratified by 74 states accounting jointly for 58.82% of global greenhouse gas emissions. We remain fully committed to achieving universal participation in the Paris Agreement.

It is now time to implement the agreement. Marrakesh will be the first follow-up conference to the Paris Agreement and will be devoted to climate action.



European Union – Launch of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (October 6, 2016)

France welcomes the launch today of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, composed of 1,500 officers who can be deployed in less than five days in order to strengthen the EU's external border controls.

France is making a substantial contribution to this new border response capability by providing 170 officers and technical equipment in order to support any member state faced with exceptional migration flows.

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency will conduct its first operation at the Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint at the border between Bulgaria and Turkey.


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