The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - November 18, 2016
In this issue:

◢  French-speaking Africa – Jean-Marc Ayrault's meeting with citizens' movements (Paris - November 18, 2016)

◢  Qatar – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault (November 19-20, 2016)

◢  Netherlands – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault (November 18, 2016)

◢  Russia – Telephone conversation between the minister and his Russian counterpart (November 17, 2016)

◢  United Nations – Universal Children's Day (November 20, 2016)

◢  Haiti – Presidential and parliamentary elections (November 18, 2016)

◢  Mozambique – Fatal accident (November 17, 2016)

◢  Foreign trade – Order for 13 Airbus planes (November 18, 2016)

 
French-speaking Africa – Jean-Marc Ayrault's meeting with citizens' movements (Paris - November 18, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, received six activists from citizens' movements in French-speaking Africa who are in France for the "Future leaders invitation program." These activists are from Burkina Faso, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and Chad.

This meeting underscores France's determination to engage in close dialogue with young people and civil society on the African continent.



Qatar – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault (November 19-20, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit Qatar from November 19 to 20.

He will meet with the Qatari authorities, including with his counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, with whom he will take stock of the various aspects of our bilateral cooperation and the regional situation. He will also meet with Riyad Hijab, Coordinator of the High Negotiations Committee representing the Syrian opposition.

He will also speak at the World Policy Conference, organized by the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI), which will take place in Doha from November 20 to 22, and where he will be the guest of honor.



Netherlands – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault (November 18, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit the Netherlands on November 21.

In Rotterdam, he will take stock, together with his Dutch counterpart, of key European and international issues as well as our bilateral cooperation. They will jointly address the second French-Dutch seminar on European issues, focusing on “European integration: unity in effectiveness.” They will also address students at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

He will travel to The Hague, in order to meet with the Committees on Foreign Affairs, Defense and European Affairs of the Lower Chamber, as well as with Director-General of the International Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Ahmet Uzumcu, and Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda.

Lastly, he will bestow upon Ton Elias, Chairman of the France-Netherlands Friendship Group, the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.



Russia – Telephone conversation between the minister and his Russian counterpart (November 17, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, spoke on the telephone with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on November 17. He reaffirmed France's determination to continue dialogue with Russia on all international and bilateral issues.

The two ministers discussed the situation in Ukraine and the continuation of negotiations on the implementation of the Minsk agreements, in the run-up to the next ministerial meeting in the Normandy format.

Jean-Marc Ayrault reaffirmed France's deep concern at the situation in Syria while the bombing by the regime and its supporters has resumed. He reiterated France's appeal for a cessation of hostilities, unrestricted humanitarian access and the resumption of a political process leading to a transition in accordance with UNSCR 2254. He underscored the importance of following up on the report by the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) whose mission it is to determine attribution of confirmed chemical weapons in Syria.

The two ministers also discussed the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and the need to continue the peace efforts in the Middle East.



United Nations – Universal Children's Day (November 20, 2016)

On the occasion of Universal Children's Day on November 20, France calls for further international mobilization to protect children and promote their rights.

France works constantly at the international level toward increasing the protection of children in armed conflict. A multilateral monitoring and reporting mechanism on the violations of children's rights and a Security Council Working Group on monitoring these violations were established on our initiative.

In February 2007, France, in partnership with UNICEF, hosted the "Free Children from War" conference, which made it possible to adopt the Paris Commitments and the Paris Principles. These have now been endorsed by more than 100 states and are aimed at implementing, in practical terms, measures to protect children and help them reintegrate into their families and communities, as well as preventing unlawful recruitment and combating impunity.

In order to mark the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Commitments and the Paris Principles, France and UNICEF will host, on February 21, 2017, a new ministerial conference entitled "Protect Children from War," the goal of which will be to relaunch international mobilization. On this occasion, France calls on the states that have not yet done so to endorse these principles.



Haiti – Presidential and parliamentary elections (November 18, 2016)

Haiti will hold presidential and parliamentary elections, the smooth conduct of which is crucial in order to restore the institutional and political stability needed to ensure the country's recovery.

France welcomes the measures taken to hold free, transparent and inclusive elections, despite Hurricane Matthew. We hope that the elections will take place in an atmosphere of calm.

France is lending its support to the Organization of American States Electoral Observation Mission and is providing it with 10 observers.



Mozambique – Fatal accident (November 17, 2016)

France was extremely shocked to learn of the accidental explosion of a fuel tanker on November 17 in the province of Tete (town of Caphiridzange), which may have killed 73 people according to provisional reports.

In these painful circumstances, France extends its condolences to the victims' families and the Mozambique authorities.



Foreign trade – Order for 13 Airbus planes (November 18, 2016)

France welcomes the announcement by Airbus of an order for 13 planes by Japanese airliner Peach Aviation. The order includes 13 single-aisle planes (10 A320neo and 3 A320ceo aircraft) with a total value of €1.1 billion.

This new order confirms the European manufacturer's success in Japan.

It follows an order for an Airbus A350 plane by Japan Airlines (JAL) and an order for three A380 superjumbo jets by ANA Holdings.


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