The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development

Paris - November 21, 2016
In this issue:

◢  India / Train crash – Reminder of the statement issued by the spokesperson (November 20, 2016)

◢  Mali – Local elections (November 20, 2016)

◢  Middle East peace process

India / Train crash – Reminder of the statement issued by the spokesperson (November 20, 2016)

We were extremely saddened to learn of the crash on November 20 involving a train traveling from Indore to Patna which, according to the latest reports, left around 100 people dead.

France extends its condolences to the families of the victims of this tragedy and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

It assures India of its solidarity in this terrible ordeal.

Mali – Local elections (November 20, 2016)

The holding of local elections in Mali on November 20 is an important milestone in the country's democratic life. It pays tribute to the mobilization of the Malian authorities supported by Mali's partners, notably MINUSMA, despite the logistical and security challenges, especially in the northern part of the country.

France condemns the terrorist attacks against the Malian forces on the sidelines of the electoral process and extends its condolences to the victims' families and the authorities. It reaffirms that the interim authorities are eligible to be appointed in the areas where it was not possible to conduct the elections under satisfactory conditions.

Lastly, France reaffirms its attachment to the full implementation of the Algiers agreement to ensure a return to lasting peace and the re-establishment of the rule of law in northern Mali.

Middle East peace process

The Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot reported on November 20 that France had apparently abandoned plans to hold an international conference in Paris before the end of the year to promote peace in the Middle East and is in fact set to acknowledge the failure of the "French initiative." Can you confirm or deny this report?

During his visit to Doha on November 20, Jean-Marc Ayrault reaffirmed France's commitment to pursuing this initiative in order to reaffirm the collective commitment to the two-state solution.

We are working closely with our partners, and in collaboration with the parties, to that end.

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