The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - November 25, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Colombia / Signing of a peace agreement – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

◢  Cambodia – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his counterpart (Paris - November 28, 2016)

◢  New Zealand – Meeting between Matthias Fekl and Todd McClay, Minister for International Economic Affairs

◢  United Nations – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

◢  Iraq – Terrorism attack in the Hilla area (November 24, 2016)

◢  Egypt – Terrorist attack (November 24, 2016)

◢  Japan / Cultural diplomacy – "Japonism 2018: souls in harmony" (June 2018 to February 2019)

 
Colombia / Signing of a peace agreement – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

France welcomes the signing in Bogota on November 24 of a final peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia]. It is a milestone on the path to peace in Colombia.

I pay tribute to the patient determination of President Juan Manuel Santos, Nobel Peace Prizewinner, to give precedence to the path of dialogue. The implementation of this agreement by all Colombian people will give that country the prospect of a better future. Colombia can count on France's wholehearted support, bilaterally as much as within the European Union and United Nations frameworks.

I shall convey this message on a visit to Colombia in December



Cambodia – Meeting between Jean-Marc Ayrault and his counterpart (Paris - November 28, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive his Cambodian counterpart, Prak Sokhonn, on November 28.

One year after Prime Minister Hun Sen's visit to France, this meeting will provide an opportunity to take stock of our exchanges in the economic, cultural and development spheres, as well as our dialogue on human rights.

The ministers will also discuss our joint action to promote French language and culture, which are shared by our two countries.



New Zealand – Meeting between Matthias Fekl and Todd McClay, Minister for International Economic Affairs

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, met with Todd McClay, Minister for International Economic Affairs of New Zealand, on November 25.

He reaffirmed France's solidarity, 11 days after the earthquake that struck the region of Kaikoura (South Island).

Matthias Fekl underscored the dynamic trade relations between France and New Zealand, notably in the aerospace, urban transport and agri-food sectors. He urged New Zealand firms to increase their presence in France. Around 30 French firms operate in New Zealand.



United Nations – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

On International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, France reaffirms its commitment to putting an end to all forms of violence against women and girls. More than 20 years after the World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, this violence continues to be a reality for one out of three women around the world, and two out of three women in some countries.

France calls on all states to ratify and implement the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and to ratify the Council of Europe's Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

We are committed to implementing the commitments made at the UN, which are at the core of the "sustainable development agreements" adopted in 2015. On the initiative of France and the Netherlands, a resolution on domestic violence was adopted by the UN General Assembly on November 21.

France also supports the UN Women 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign from November 25 to December 10. For more information, please visit: http://www.onufemmes.fr/simpliquer/nos-campagnes/orange-day/.



Iraq – Terrorism attack in the Hilla area (November 24, 2016)

France condemns the heinous attack which killed more than 100 people on November 24 in the Hilla area, targeted against Shiite pilgrims.

It extends its condolences to the victims' families as well as to the Iraqi authorities and people.

France, which is actively involved in the international coalition to counter Daesh, reaffirms its support for Iraq in the fight against terrorism and the process of national reconciliation.



Egypt – Terrorist attack (November 24, 2016)

France condemns the attack which killed more than 10 Egyptian soldiers in northern Sinai on November 24.

We extend our condolences to the victims' families.

France reaffirms its solidarity with the Egyptian people and government in the fight against terrorism.



Japan / Cultural diplomacy – "Japonism 2018: souls in harmony" (June 2018 to February 2019)

On occasion of the 160th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and Japan in 2018, we welcome the announcement on November 24 by the Japanese prime minister regarding the holding in France of a series of cultural events entitled "Japonism 2018: souls in harmony," for which President Hollande expressed his support on May 2, 2016, during his meeting with Shinzo Abe.

This large-scale initiative organized by the Japan Foundation from June 2018 to February 2019, will highlight traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through major exhibitions and artistic events.

This initiative is rooted in the tradition of French-Japanese cultural relations dating back to the 19th century and highlights the exceptional partnership between France and Japan.


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