The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - November 22, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Digital diplomacy – "Digital Quai d'Orsay" (Paris - November 22, 2016)

◢  Economic diplomacy – Janus Design Award ceremony presided over by Matthias Fekl (November 22, 2016)

◢  Israel – Settlement projects in the Jerusalem municipality

◢  Afghanistan – Attack against a Shiite mosque in Kabul (November 21, 2016)

◢  Myanmar/Burma – Additional humanitarian assistance

◢  Mauritania – Trial of the IRA activists

 
Digital diplomacy – "Digital Quai d'Orsay" (Paris - November 22, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will open the "Digital Quai d'Orsay" event on November 22. He will present France's international digital strategy, which will be the subject of an online consultation, open to everyone through the following platform: http://www.strategie-numerique-internationale-maedi.fr.

Jean-Vincent Placé, Minister of State for State Reform and Simplification, will set out the issues at stake at the next Open Government Partnership Global Summit due to take place from December 7 to 9 in Paris: https://fr.ogpsummit.org.

The public will be invited to take part in two round tables focusing on "International cybersecurity" and "What should the European digital model look like?"

Internet users will be able to follow the "Digital Quai d'Orsay" event on Facebook as well as on Twitter (#Diplonum #OGP2016).



Economic diplomacy – Janus Design Award ceremony presided over by Matthias Fekl (November 22, 2016)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism, and French Nationals Abroad, presided over the Janus Design Award ceremony on November 22.

The Janus quality certification, created in 1953, recognizes the best innovations in the area of design.

This ceremony honors the companies and projects that represent French excellence in a range of industrial sectors. Design is now at the core of the development strategies of the most innovative companies and is a key factor of competitiveness, allowing companies to set themselves apart and conquer international markets.



Israel – Settlement projects in the Jerusalem municipality

The Jerusalem municipality has announced its intention to build 500 new homes near the settlement of Ramat Shlomo in East Jerusalem, partly on private land owned by Palestinians.

The construction of these buildings, which would be illegal, would separate East Jerusalem from the West Bank even more and would prejudge the final status which can only be decided through negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

The unabated continuation of the settlement policy only serves to increase tensions on the ground and undermines the prospects for achieving a just and lasting peace based on the two-state solution.



Afghanistan – Attack against a Shiite mosque in Kabul (November 21, 2016)

France strongly condemns the attack targeted against a Shiite mosque in Kabul on November 21 which killed around 30 people, including several children, and injured many others.

France extends its condolences to the victims' families and to the Afghan government, and wishes the injured a speedy recovery. It stands alongside Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism.



Myanmar/Burma – Additional humanitarian assistance

Given the extremely troubling situation in Rakhine State, France has decided to provide an additional €200,000 in order to address the humanitarian emergency in this region. This aid, which will be implemented on the ground by a French NGO, is aimed at meeting the needs of the populations who have been made vulnerable as a result of the ongoing violence and at helping them cope with the recent influx of refugees into the camps in Rakhine State.

France is continuing to monitor developments in the situation very closely, especially the fate of members of the Rohingya community.



Mauritania – Trial of the IRA activists

The decision by the Mauritanian justice system on November 8 in the appeal hearings of the activists from the NGO Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA) contributes toward easing tensions.

We will continue to pay close attention to the outcome of the proceedings and the situation of those who remain in detention.

France urges all parties to engage in dialogue. It reaffirms its attachment to the full respect of the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful demonstration.


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