G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in Lübeck
The Minister, Laurent Fabius, participated in the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in Lübeck, Germany, on 14 and 15 April.
He and his counterparts reviewed the current main crises. In particular, he signalled our determination to conclude a robust, verifiable agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme between now and the end of June and stressed the need to make headway on finding lasting political solutions in Iraq and Syria in our battle against Daesh [ISIL]. On the Palestine issue, he also expressed the wish for open, productive negotiations finally to begin. With his German counterpart, he reported on the efforts conducted in the “Normandy format” to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, highlighting some progress but also drawing attention to the need to maintain strong pressure on the parties in order to reach a settlement by the end of 2015.
A few months ahead of the COP21, which will be held in Paris, Laurent Fabius reminded his colleagues of all the challenges associated with climate disruption, including in the area of international security. He highlighted the need to reach an agreement which has legal force but also for all national contributions to be announced as soon as possible, showing how each country intends to help limit global warming, make progress on financing and research, and promote a “solutions agenda”, particularly technological solutions./.