The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - January 24, 2018
In this issue:

◢  World Economic Forum in Davos – Jean-Yves Le Drian in attendance (January 25, 2018)

◢  Libya – Attack (Benghazi - January 23, 2018)

◢  Iraq – Resumption of dialogue between the Iraqi Prime Minister and the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (January 20, 2018)

◢  South Africa – Death of Hugh Masekela (January 23, 2018)

 
World Economic Forum in Davos – Jean-Yves Le Drian in attendance (January 25, 2018)

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will be at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 25 and will attend the session on Africa's economic potential in 2018.

Along with the minister, representatives of central banks and African businesses will give speeches, illustrating the diversity of the continent.

Mr. Le Drian will reaffirm President Macron's priority of making Africa central to our foreign policy. He will discuss the implementation of measures announced in Ouagadougou on November 28, 2017.



Libya – Attack (Benghazi - January 23, 2018)

France condemns the attack carried out in Benghazi on January 23 that left several dozen dead. We offer our condolences to the victims' families and to the Libyan people and authorities.

France stands alongside Libya in the fight against terrorism and for peace and stability.

It supports the efforts by UN Special Representative Ghassan Salamé. Only a political solution that includes the unification of the armed forces under a civilian authority will make it possible to stabilize Libya in the long term.



Iraq – Resumption of dialogue between the Iraqi Prime Minister and the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (January 20, 2018)

France welcomes the resumption, on January 20, of the dialogue between Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani. It expresses the hope that this meeting will open the way to a constructive dialogue that will make it possible to find solutions to all disputes in a manner that falls within the Iraqi constitutional framework and respects Kurdish autonomy.

In recent months, France has actively supported discussions between the Iraqi federal authorities and representatives of the autonomous region of Kurdistan in conjunction with the UN and its partners. President Macron hosted the Iraqi Prime Minister in Paris on October 5 and the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government on December 2.

France encourages them to continue this dialogue in order to return to the path of a united, reconciled Iraq that respects its national diversity.



South Africa – Death of Hugh Masekela (January 23, 2018)

Hugh Masekela, an anti-apartheid activist and South African jazz legend, died on January 23 in Johannesburg.

France salutes the memory of this politically engaged artist. We offer our condolences to his loved ones.

While in exile in the United States, he wrote the song "Bring Him Back Home," calling for the release of Nelson Mandela whose centennial we celebrate this year which quickly became the anthem of the anti-apartheid struggle.



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