The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - May 28, 2018
In this issue:

◢  Fifth Latin America and Caribbean Week (May 25 - June 10, 2018)

◢  European Union / Citizens' consultations – Visit by Nathalie Loiseau to the Sarthe (May 28, 2018)

◢  United Kingdom – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and Harriett Baldwin (Paris - May 28, 2018)

◢  Kazakhstan – Opening of the France-Kazakhstan Investment Forum by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (May 28, 2018)

◢  Israel – Palestinian Authorities – Threat of demolition in Khan al-Ahmar

 
Fifth Latin America and Caribbean Week (May 25 - June 10, 2018)

At the Quai d'Orsay on May 29, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will bring to a close the conference "Renewable Energies and Sustainable Cities, new models for partnership between Latin America, the Caribbean and France," organized as part of Latin America and Caribbean Week. It will be opened by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State.

The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has organized the fifth Latin America and Caribbean Week, from May 25 to June 10. A popular, festive event which involves many cultural events throughout France, it also provides a key opportunity for meetings and discussions between Latin America, the Caribbean and France.

This year, France has been keen to program some institutional highlights to signal our dynamic political relations and convergent positions in the face of the challenges of today's world, as shown, for example, on many occasions in recent years by our common efforts to combat global warming and promote multilateralism.

The conference on May 29 will look specifically at the shared challenges of the energy transition and of tomorrow's sustainable cities, taking stock of innovations in renewable energy and the issue of storage, as well as problems posed by the urban and territorial transition which Latin America, the most urbanized continent in the world, is especially having to cope with. Alongside representatives of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Inter-American Development Bank and the EU-LAC Foundation, several entrepreneurs from France, Latin America and the Caribbean will participate.

Other series of meetings are scheduled over the course of the week, such as the International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean, organized by the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, and key events at the National Assembly and Senate, in addition to more than 180 cultural and academic events organized by nearly 70 partners, on the initiative of the Latin American and Caribbean embassies in France, among others.

For further information: https://www.semaineameriquelatinecaraibes.fr



European Union / Citizens' consultations – Visit by Nathalie Loiseau to the Sarthe (May 28, 2018)

Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, is going to Coulaines, in Sarthe, today at the invitation of Christophe Rouillon, Mayor of Coulaines and Vice-President of the Association of French Mayors, responsible for Europe.

Ms. Loiseau will visit, in turn, three amenities paid for with European funding: the Association Formation Insertion Chantiers (AFIC), a voluntary organization which helps get people who have had difficulty finding work back into society and the workplace, the Albert Camus centre of educational excellence, which groups together a nursery and primary school, a flexible attendance childcare center, a library, a school cafeteria, leisure and sports facilities, and the town's swimming pool, which was completely renovated in 2017 thanks to an EU grant (FEDER) of €1 million, as part of the energy transition.

Ms. Loiseau will subsequently lead a citizens' consultation on Europe with the Mayor of Coulaines.

More than 200 debates throughout France have already been included as part of the Citizens' Consultations on Europe. The online consultation, which opened on May 9, can be visited at QuelleestvotreEurope.fr



United Kingdom – Meeting between Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and Harriett Baldwin (Paris - May 28, 2018)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is having a meeting today with Harriett Baldwin, Minister of State for Africa.

The bulk of the discussions will focus on the main issues on which our countries are working in close and constant coordination on the African continent, particularly the Sahel and the Horn of Africa. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to talk about the issue of migration routes.



Kazakhstan – Opening of the France-Kazakhstan Investment Forum by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (May 28, 2018)

The France-Kazakhstan Investment Forum was inaugurated today by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State, and Yerlan Khairov, Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The forum was preceded by a meeting between Mr. Lemoyne and Mr. Khairov focusing on the main bilateral economic issues.

More than 130 people, mostly representing French firms, took part in the discussions.

This event is taking place a few weeks ahead of the 10th anniversary of the strategic partnership between France and Kazakhstan, signed on June 11, 2008. It marks another important step in our bilateral trade relations following the recent meeting in Astana between Bakhytzhan Sagintayev, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, and French firms operating in the country.

Kazakhstan is France's largest economic and trade partner in Central Asia. France is the third largest investor in Kazakhstan, where our firms hold FDI stock amounting to $13.3 billion. The minister of state called for the strengthening of our bilateral economic cooperation and also drew the Kazakhstan authorities' attention to France's attractiveness for foreign investors.



Israel – Palestinian Authorities – Threat of demolition in Khan al-Ahmar

France expresses its deep concern regarding the situation of the Palestinian community of Khan al-Ahmar (West Bank), against which demolition orders have been issued by the Israeli authorities.

These demolition orders pose an imminent threat to a Palestinian community that is already extremely vulnerable and which finds itself in an area of strategic importance to the two-state solution and the contiguity of a future Palestinian state.

The demolition of infrastructures in the West Bank, resulting in the evacuation and forced displacement of populations, is contrary to international humanitarian law and in particular the Fourth Geneva Convention.

In this context, France calls on the Israeli authorities not to implement the demolition orders issued against the community of Khan al-Ahmar and to refrain from any measure aimed at extending or perpetuating settlement activity.


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