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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, April 20, 2015)

Published on March 16, 2015

Cuba – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his counterpart (Paris, April 21, 2015)

On April 21, Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive Mr. Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Cuban Minister of Foreign Relations, who is conducting his first visit to France.

One year after Mr. Laurent Fabius’s visit to Cuba, which made it possible to relaunch our bilateral relations, the ministers will review the strengthening of our trade in all areas. They will prepare for President Hollande’s visit to Cuba from May 10 to 12.

A joint press conference is due to take place after the meeting.


Australia - Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his counterpart (Paris, April 21, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius will meet with Julie Bishop, Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs, on April 21.

This meeting falls within the framework of the French-Australian strategic partnership signed in January 2012. This framework provides for high-level consultations to strengthen our cooperation in all areas and to promote the integration of French Pacific territories into their regional environment.

Mr. Laurent Fabius, who in his capacity as president of the COP21 has just participated in the Major Economies Forum in Washington, will work with Ms. Bishop on preparing for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

The ministers will also discuss the strengthening of our bilateral cooperation in all areas and will review key regional issues and the fight against terrorism.


European Union – Mr. Harlem Désir’s participation in the General Affairs Council (Luxembourg, April 21, 2015)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will tomorrow participate in the General Affairs Council in Luxembourg.

The discussions - in the presence of Mr. Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission - will focus on the improvement of the EU legislative process with a view to revising the current interinstitutional agreement.

Following on from the informal European Council meeting on February 12, the ministers will also work on the strengthening of efforts to prevent radicalization and to protect the EU’s fundamental values.


Libya – Murder of Ethiopian Christians by Daesh (April 19, 2015)

France condemns the massacre in Libya of at least 28 people identified as Ethiopian Christians.

Following the ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council that Mr. Laurent Fabius chaired on March 27 in New York, France calls, more than ever, for the international community to make commitments to protect the victims of ethnic or religious violence.

This horrific crime, for which Daesh has claimed responsibility, also underscores the urgent need for a political solution to the crisis in Libya. We support the process of dialogue launched by Mr. Bernardino Leon, the goal of which is to allow Libyans to present a united front against terrorism.


Somalia – Terrorist attacks (April 19 to 20, 2015)

France condemns the attacks perpetrated on April 19 and 20, which claimed the lives of members of the United Nations Children’s Fund, African Union soldiers, as well as civilians and members of the Somali security forces.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families. The perpetrators of these cowardly acts must be brought to justice.

France pays tribute to the action of all those working to promote peace and security in Somalia. It assures the Somali people, the UN members on the ground and the African Union Mission in Somalia of its wholehearted solidarity.


Cameroon – Attack against the village of Bia (April 17, 2015)

France condemns the terrorist attack against the village of Bia, in the extreme north of the country, on April 17, during which numerous civilians were killed.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and to the Cameroonian authorities. The perpetrators of these heinous crimes must be brought to justice.

France reaffirms to Cameroon its friendship, support and solidarity in the face of terrorist violence. We are continuing to provide logistical, intelligence and training support to the armies of the states involved in the fight against Boko Haram.


Afghanistan - Attack (Jalalabad, April 18, 2015)

France condemns the heinous attack perpetrated on April 18 in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, which killed numerous civilians.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families. 

France stands alongside the Afghan government and people in the fight against terrorism.


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