Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - May 27, 2016)
• Slovakia – Harlem Désir’s visit to Bratislava (May 27, 2016)
• UNESCO – Addition of Le Corbusier’s architectural work to World Heritage list
On May 31, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault will meet with Alain Bentéjac, president of the national committee of foreign trade advisors of France.
The minister will thank the committee for its support for reforms instituted by the government to update the system of government support for exports, and he will laud Mr. Bentéjac’s contributions to the board of directors of Business France (he is vice president of that organization).
Their discussions will also include preparations for the second World SME Forum, which will be held at the ministerial conference center on June 14, and which will conclude with a speech by the foreign minister.
Minister of State for European Affairs Harlem Désir will be in Bratislava today.
A few weeks before Slovakia assumes the presidency of the European Union Council, he will meet with Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák and with his counterpart, Ivan Korčok, to discuss major European issues of current importance, including the refugee crisis.
Another topic to be discussed is the strengthening of our bilateral relationship as part of the French-Slovak strategic partnership.
Seven countries (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, and Switzerland) joined forces to nominate Le Corbusier’s architectural work, described as a cultural asset, to the World Heritage list.
The nomination relates to 17 buildings on three continents, including the Curutchet House in La Plata, Argentina; the National Museum of Western Art in Japan; Chandigarh in India, and the Cité Radieuse in Marseille.
Including Le Corbusier’s work on the UNESCO World Heritage list would underscore its exceptional value and benefit conservation efforts worldwide.
This candidacy will be examined by the World Heritage Committee at its 40th session, meeting in Istanbul on July 10-20.