The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - April 9, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Algeria – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his counterpart (Paris - April 9, 2018)

◢  Latvia – Meeting between Nathalie Loiseau and Edgars Rinkēvičs (Paris - April 9, 2018)

◢  Rwanda – Commemoration of the genocide

Algeria – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his counterpart (Paris - April 9, 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will receive Abdelkader Messahel, Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, on April 9.

The discussions will focus on the fight against terrorism and its sources of financing, as well as regional crises, especially in Libya and the Sahel.

The ministers will also work on strengthening our bilateral relations, following President Macron's visit to Algiers on December 6 and the 4th High-level Intergovernmental Committee meeting held on December 7 in Paris.

France and Algeria are bound together by a special partnership and enjoy close cooperation in all areas. France is the largest foreign investor in Algeria (non-hydrocarbon sector) and the largest foreign employer in the country. Bilateral trade between the two countries amounted to almost €8 billion in 2017.

Latvia – Meeting between Nathalie Loiseau and Edgars Rinkēvičs (Paris - April 9, 2018)

European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau is meeting on April 9 with Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

The ministers will sign a new French-Latvian strategic partnership action plan. It is a roadmap of the concrete actions our two countries will take together during the period of 2018-2022, in order to strengthen our common understanding of European challenges.

They will talk about expanding our bilateral cooperation, at a time when we are celebrating the centennial of the Republic of Latvia, as well as European issues.

Together with President Macron and his Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian counterparts, they will attend this evening's opening of the exhibit "Wild Souls – Symbolism in the Baltic States," at the Musée d'Orsay.

Rwanda – Commemoration of the genocide

April 7, 1994, marked the beginning of one of the worst atrocities of our time. Within a few months, the genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda, which the international community failed to prevent, left nearly a million innocent victims dead because they were Tutsis or because they opposed the homicidal madness of the Rwandan regime.

At home and abroad, France joins with the Rwandan people in honoring the memory of the victims and hailing the dignity of the survivors and the Rwandan people’s capacity for reconciliation.

On this solemn day and in this year 2018, in which we will soon qui mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, France reaffirms its commitment to preventing genocides, a key aspect of our work abroad.

Efforts to remember and the fight against impunity are both vital to ensuring that such a tragedy does not happen again.

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