The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - March 14, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Scientific cooperation – One-day event to discuss French research abroad in the field of human and social sciences (Paris - March 14, 2018)

◢  Palestinian Territories – Attack on the Palestinian Prime Minister's convoy (March 13, 2018)

◢  Iraq – Reopening of airports under the authority of the Kurdistan Regional Government to international flights (March 13, 2018)

 
Scientific cooperation – One-day event to discuss French research abroad in the field of human and social sciences (Paris - March 14, 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will deliver a speech today at the closing session of a one-day event to discuss French research abroad in the field of human and social sciences hosted by the Quai d'Orsay.

The network of 27 French research institutes across more than 30 countries is a unique French diplomacy of influence tool. This long-standing network, established in some countries for more than a hundred years, is a critical component of our cultural network, dedicated to science diplomacy.

The IFRE/UMIFRE network provides essential added value to the analysis of the modern world. In the countries in which the institutions are established, it helps strengthen our ties with civil society through intellectuals and researchers as well as enrich our bilateral relations with these countries, including in sensitive areas. It also conveys the values expected of France: universality, the promotion of science and intellectual and linguistic diversity. It is also an essential source for the analysis of historical and contemporary phenomena in the field of human and social sciences, enriching diplomatic work while helping to nurture the French scientific and intellectual scene.

The partnership with the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) concluded 10 years ago for 25 of the institutes made it possible to strengthen the network's scientific excellence and enhance its reputation on the international research scene. This partnership has now been renewed.

The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs will allocate €5 million to the network of research institutes in 2018 and make 75 staff available to it, providing a sustained budgetary effort in order to develop this unique intellectual resource the only one of its kind in the world.

For more information on the UMIFRE network and the program for this one-day event, please visit: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/politique-etrangere-de-la-france/diplomatie-scientifique/archeologie-sciences-humaines-et-sociales/actualites/article/la-recherche-francaise-a-l-etranger-en-sciences-humaines-et-sociales-journee-d



Palestinian Territories – Attack on the Palestinian Prime Minister's convoy (March 13, 2018)

France condemns the attack that targeted the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on March 13, shortly after it entered the Gaza Strip.

It wishes those injured a speedy recovery and calls for a thorough investigation into the circumstances and responsibility for this attack.

France reiterates its commitment to act on behalf of the people of Gaza and its support for the inter-Palestinian reconciliation process under way for several months now, which should facilitate the return of legitimate Palestinian institutions.



Iraq – Reopening of airports under the authority of the Kurdistan Regional Government to international flights (March 13, 2018)

France applauds the announcement by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that airports under the authority of the Kurdistan Regional Government will be open to international flights following an agreement between the Kurdish Regional Authorities and the Iraqi Federal Government on their management.

This decision, as well as the agreement on the direct payment of salaries for certain civil servants by federal authorities, represent an encouraging step toward the resolution of other disputes falling within the Iraqi constitutional framework and involving respect for Kurdish autonomy, in a way that benefits local populations. We hope this dialogue will continue in a constructive way toward the full normalization of relations between Baghdad and Erbil.

In recent months, France has actively supported discussions between Iraqi federal authorities and representatives of the Kurdish Autonomous Region, in conjunction with the UN and its partners. On October 5 of last year, President Macron hosted Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. At the President's request, Jean-Yves Le Drian subsequently traveled to Iraq, on February 12, where he met with the Iraqi Prime Minister and the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechirvan Barzani. On that occasion, Mr. Le Drian encouraged them to return to the path of a united Iraq, respectful of its diversity.


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