Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Spokesperson
Meeting between the presidents of Sudan and South Sudan (September 5, 2013)
The meeting that took place yesterday in Khartoum between the presidents of Sudan and South Sudan is an encouraging sign.
Indeed, only dialogue between the two countries is likely to facilitate the restoration of peace and stability in the region.
France welcomes the mediation efforts of the African Union and of Ethiopia on behalf of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.
Syria – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s continued exchanges (September 3, 2013)
Since the chemical massacre on August 21, Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has been in continuous contact with our main European and international partners, the UN Secretary-General and the Secretary-General of the Arab League.
His discussions with them focused on the measures available to the international community to penalize the use of chemical weapons by Bashar al-Assad’s regime and to deter it from using them.
These exchanges will be actively pursued this week. Mr. Laurent Fabius spoke on the telephone this morning with his Portuguese counterpart and with Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
From September 5 to 6, the minister of foreign affairs will visit St. Petersburg where he will meet with the foreign affairs ministers attending the G20 summit, notably his American, Brazilian, Chinese, Russian and Turkish counterparts.
He will then be in Vilnius from September 6 to 7 in order to participate in the informal meeting of EU foreign ministers and the meeting scheduled to take place on the sidelines with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.