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Official speeches and statements - February 26, 2016

Published on February 26, 2016

1. Peru - Bilateral relations - Statement by M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, on his arrival (Lima, 23/02/2016)

Today I’m beginning a three-day visit to Latin America; Peru is welcoming us this morning, because in recent weeks Peru has had a very strong relationship with France through the preparation for the Climate Conference, because it was here in Lima that the international mobilization began that concluded with the success we’re aware of in Paris last December. So I wanted to thank the Peruvian authorities for their full role in those negotiations, and there’s even a Lima-Paris Action Agenda that will enable us to implement the conclusions of the Climate Conference.

I’m also coming here as French President - after a long absence, because the last President to come to Peru before me was General de Gaulle, so a very long time ago. We needed an opportunity to reiterate the ties uniting not only Latin America and France but also, in particular, Peru and France. (...)

But I’m [also] coming back here to Peru to show what our businesses can do. As you know, there’s very high-level space cooperation, French businesses have settled here and jobs have been created. But what I wanted to express to Peru above all is my gratitude, my gratitude about the Climate Conference and its result.

I’ll then be going to Argentina, where a new president is in place and where we’ll have to open a new page in relations between our two countries. And finally to Uruguay, which is a Francophone country and which very much deserves a visit by the French President.

2. Syria - Telephone conversation between M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, and the German, British and American leaders - Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic (Paris, 23/02/2016)

The French President, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama had a conversation about the situation in Syria.

They expressed the wish that the agreement on the cessation of hostilities could come into force as soon as possible and said they would be very vigilant about compliance with the commitments made on 11 February by the International Syria Support Group, particularly to end strikes by Russia and the Syrian regime on moderate opposition groups and civilians.

They emphasized the urgent need to take every necessary measure to end the humanitarian crisis, particularly in Aleppo.

The four heads of state and government stressed the need for full cooperation by the regime and its supporters in implementing humanitarian assistance measures, and they called for discussions to begin quickly on a genuine political transition, according to the terms set out by Resolution 2254 and under the UN’s aegis.

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