The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - April 22, 2022
In this issue:

◢  Afghanistan – Terrorist attacks (April 22, 2022)

◢  Vanuatu – France mobilizes its efforts to help the people of Vanuatu deal with the Covid-19 pandemic (April 22, 2022)

◢  Situation of Salah Hamouri

Afghanistan – Terrorist attacks (April 22, 2022)

France condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks of April 19 and 21 on schools in Kabul as well as yesterday's attacks on the Seh Dokan mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif and in Kunduz province. These attacks, for which Daesh (IS-K) claimed responsibility, killed several dozen people and wounded more than a hundred, including young children.

France offers its condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of these despicable acts. It wishes the wounded a speedy recovery.

France assures the Afghan people of its solidarity at this difficult time.

Vanuatu – France mobilizes its efforts to help the people of Vanuatu deal with the Covid-19 pandemic (April 22, 2022)

In response to needs expressed by the authorities of Vanuatu regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs' Crisis and Support Center (CDCS) carried out a second operation yesterday to deliver supplies to deal with the upsurge in Covid-19 cases in Vanuatu.

This shipment, which was partially funded by the Ministry's Crisis and Support Center and partially donated by the Ministry for Solidarity and Health, included four oxygen generators, 30,000 tests, and medication to treat the most severe cases of Covid-19. It also includes 24,000 tests donated by the government of New Caledonia.

It was delivered to Vanuatu aboard a New Caledonia Armed Forces (FANC) aircraft, in coordination with the French Embassy in Port Vila. It comes in the wake of an earlier operation to provide support for the people of Vanuatu on April 4 and was carried out under the auspices of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (EUCPM).

These operations, on which we coordinated closely with New Zealand and Australia within the framework of the FRANZ partnership, reflect France's commitment to the South Pacific countries, in keeping with French and European Indo-Pacific strategies.

Situation of Salah Hamouri

The French-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri, whom the Israeli authorities arrested on March 4, was sentenced to four months of administrative detention on March 10. On March 24, L'Humanité asked you if France would respond publicly to obtain his release. The gist of your reply was: "The Israeli authorities were asked to provide explanations for this latest arrest and to ensure that all of Mr. Hamouri's rights are respected and that he is able to exercise all legal remedies."

One month later, we would like to know what explanations you were provided by the Israeli authorities, given that neither Salah Hamouri nor his lawyers have access to the file in accordance with the peculiarities and denial of rights that go along with administrative detention. What were your responses? And in fact is France demanding Salah Hamouri's immediate and unconditional release?

We have been closely monitoring Mr. Hamouri's situation for a long time and at a high level. We have approached the Israeli authorities several times to find a permanent solution to this situation, at long last.

Following his latest arrest, staff from the French Consulate-general in Jerusalem were able to visit him on March 21 under the terms of consular protection and again spoke with the Israeli authorities. We continue to mobilize all our efforts to obtain explanations on the reasons for Mr. Hamouri's detention and to ensure that all of his rights are respected and that he is able to exercise all legal remedies.

We want him to be released and allowed to continue leading a normal life in Jerusalem, where he was born and where he resides, and for his wife and children to be allowed to rejoin him there.

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