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Official speeches and statements - January 19, 2016

Published on January 19, 2016

1. Burkina Faso - Ouagadougou terrorist attack - Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesman (Paris, 18/01/2016)

According to the latest toll, the attack in Ouagadougou killed 30 people, 20 of whom have been identified. Nationals of Burkina Faso and of several other countries are among the victims, who include two from France and one from Portugal who was residing in France. The attack also injured dozens of people, including three French people.

France reiterates its condolences to the victims’ families and the Burkinabé authorities and people, who have been hit hard by terrorist violence. It expresses its outrage at these barbaric acts and stands at Burkina Faso’s side. These attacks underline the importance of the increasing regional security cooperation between the Sahel countries, in which Burkina Faso is playing its full part.

French national gendarmerie and police teams arrived in Ouagadougou on Sunday morning to support the Burkinabé authorities in the process of identifying the victims. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development is in contact with the victims’ families.

We ask the French community and visiting French people to continue carefully following the safety recommendations issued by our embassy and the local authorities.

2. Iran - Implementation of the nuclear agreement - Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (Paris, 16/01/2016)

I welcome the fact that the nuclear agreement with Iran has begun to be fully implemented. Now that the IAEA has verified that Iran has carried out the measures to dismantle its nuclear programme provided for in the agreement of 14 July 2015, the main economic and financial sanctions have been lifted. This is a milestone for peace and security, and for international efforts to combat nuclear proliferation.

Through its stance of constructive firmness, France significantly contributed to the conclusion of this agreement; it will be vigilant in ensuring it is strictly observed and is implemented.

At a time when the region is facing tremendous challenges and strong tensions, I hope that the spirit of cooperation which was the hallmark of the agreement’s conclusion may be reflected in every other regional issue as well.

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