The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - December 21, 2016
In this issue:

◢  Lebanon – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault (December 21-22, 2016)

◢  Morocco - European Union – Ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg - December 21, 2016)

◢  Mexico – Accident in Tultepec (December 21, 2016)

 
Lebanon – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault (December 21-22, 2016)

Following the election of President Michel Aoun and the appointment of Saad Hariri as prime minister, the formation of the government opens a new chapter for Lebanon.

It is against this background that Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, is visiting Beirut from December 21 to 22 to meet with the new Lebanese authorities. He will meet with President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, and his counterpart Gebran Bassil.

He will underscore the importance of preparing for new parliamentary elections in 2017, which will ensure that everyone is fairly represented. Only a return to the normal functioning of the country's institutions will enable Lebanon to tackle the security, economic and humanitarian challenges it is facing.

Jean-Marc Ayrault will reaffirm France's commitment alongside Lebanon, especially with respect to helping it strengthen the country's security and improve the situation of the refugees.



Morocco - European Union – Ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg - December 21, 2016)

France takes note of today's decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union on the agricultural agreement between the EU and Morocco, annulling the initial ruling by the General Court of the European Union of December 10, 2015. France had supported the appeal lodged by the Council for the annulment of the ruling.

France reaffirms its constant position on Western Sahara: We support the efforts to find a just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution, under the auspices of the UN and in accordance with the Security Council resolutions.

We consider the autonomy plan presented by Morocco in 2007 to be a serious and credible basis for a negotiated solution.

France will continue to work, together with its partners and the EU, toward developing a sound partnership between the EU and Morocco, including in the agricultural sector.



Mexico – Accident in Tultepec (December 21, 2016)

We were shocked to learn of the tragic toll exacted by the accident that took place in a market in Tultepec.

France extends its condolences to the victims' families.

It assures Mexico of its solidarity at this difficult time.


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