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Official speeches and statements - August 14, 2017

Published on August 14, 2017

1. Burkina Faso - Terrorist attack in Ouagadougou - Conversation between M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, and his Burkinabé counterpart - Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic (Paris - August 14, 2017)

The French President spoke this morning to his Burkinabé counterpart, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. The President signalled his solidarity in this new ordeal undergone by Burkina Faso and reiterated his determination to deepen our cooperation.

The two presidents discussed the circumstances of the attack, the identification of the victims and the investigation to identify the people behind it.

They agreed on the urgency of implementing the decisions taken at the Bamako summit of July 2 and speeding up the establishment of the G5 Sahel force. They will both have contacts in the coming days with the other heads of state in the region in order to continue this mobilization.

2. Burkina Faso - Terrorist attack in Ouagadougou - Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic (Paris - August 14, 2017)

The French President condemns the terrorist attack that hit a restaurant in Burkina Faso’s capital last night. He pays tribute to the Burkinabé authorities’ effective mobilization to end the attack. The French and Burkinabé authorities remained in close contact during the night. Today the President will talk to his counterpart, President Rich Marc Christian Kaboré, to assess the situation.

The French President extends his sympathy and solidarity to the victims’ families.

Through the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and our embassy’s active efforts, messages of vigilance have been sent to our compatriots in the region.

The President repeats that France will remain committed, alongside the countries in the region, to continuing the fight against terrorist groups and speeding up the establishment of the G5 Sahel force.

3. Burkina Faso - Terrorist attack in Ouagadougou - Conversation between M. Jean-Yves Le Drian and his counterpart - Statement by the ministry for Europe and foreign affairs spokesperson office (Paris - August 14, 2017)

Following the terrorist attack in Ouagadougou during the night of August 13 to 14, Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke on the telephone with his Burkina Faso counterpart, Alpha Barry. He expressed France’s wholehearted solidarity at this difficult time in Burkina Faso and reaffirmed our country’s commitment to supporting the countries in the Sahel region in the face of the threat of terrorism. This is notably the rationale behind France’s efforts to establish a G5 Sahel force. Jean-Yves Le Drian also paid tribute to the efforts of the security forces and authorities of Burkina Faso.

The minister extended his condolences to the families of the victims, one of whom was a French national who died at the scene of the attack.

The services of the ministry and our embassy are in contact with the family of our compatriot who died in order to assist them at this painful time.

Since the start of the attack last night, they have also been working to provide information to French nationals in Ouagadougou. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs set up a helpline this morning at the Embassy of France: + French residents and visitors are urged to contact their families to reassure them.

4. Kenya - Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic (Paris - August 13, 2017)

France congratulates the Kenyan people on their exemplary civic engagement in an electoral process which has demonstrated, under the scrutiny of the whole world, that democracy and the rule of law have irreversibly taken root on the African continent.

The French President congratulates President Kenyatta on his re-election and adds his voice to all those who, like the Chairperson of the African Union, are expressing their concerns about the violence and appealing for calm and respect for the democratic rules, including the presentation of challenges by legal means.

France stands ready to deepen its ties with Kenya, in the spirit of a renewed partnership between Africa and the European Union.

5. North Korea - Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic (Paris - August 12, 2017)

President Emmanuel Macron expresses his concern about the aggravation of the ballistic and nuclear threat from North Korea, which undermines efforts to maintain international peace and security.

He recalls the unanimous adoption on August 5, 2017 of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2371, which strengthens the sanctions regime against North Korea. Together with the other members of the Security Council, France calls on that country to comply immediately with its international obligations and dismantle its nuclear and ballistic programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.

The North Korean regime is currently engaged in a dangerous escalation which is posing a serious threat to its neighbors’ security and the long-term survival of the international non-proliferation system. In the face of this threat, the international community must act in a concerted, firm and effective manner, as it has just done at the Security Council, to prompt North Korea to resume the path of dialogue unconditionally. The President assures France’s allies and partners in the region of his solidarity in the current period. He also appeals to everyone to show responsibility and prevent any escalation of tension.

6. Syria - Attack on humanitarian workers - Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson office (Paris - August 12, 2017)

France condemns the murder of seven Syrian rescue workers from the White Helmets organization at their headquarters in the Idlib region. It extends its condolences to their loved ones and to their volunteer comrades, working to help civilians hit by, among other things, bombardments. These humanitarian workers act in a spirit of neutrality towards all the warring parties and the victims of the conflict. At this painful time, France reiterates its support to them and to all humanitarian actors, particularly the United Nations agencies, in their response to the Syrian people’s needs.

France supported the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2286 on the protection of humanitarian workers, particularly those providing medical treatment.