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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, January 30, 2015)

Published on January 30, 2015
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2015 monthly review

Climate – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Xie Zhenhua, China’s chief climate negotiator (Paris, February 2, 2015)
Sweden – Mr. Harlem Désir’s visit to Stockholm (February 2, 2015)
European Union – Statement by Mr. Harlem Désir – Renewal of the Committee of the Regions (January 30, 2015)
Africa – African Union – Mobilization against terrorism
Egypt – Terrorist attack in the Sinai (January 29, 2015)

Climate – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and Mr. Xie Zhenhua, China’s chief climate negotiator (Paris, February 2, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will meet on February 2 with Mr. Xie Zhenhua, Deputy Chief of the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission and China’s chief climate negotiator.

The fight against climate disruption is one of the priorities of the very intense dialogue between our two countries.

One week ahead of the resumption of the negotiations in Geneva on the preliminary draft agreement, this meeting will provide an opportunity to prepare the ground for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.


Sweden – Mr. Harlem Désir’s visit to Stockholm (February 2, 2015)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will travel to Stockholm on February 2 for discussions with Ms. Margot Wallström, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, and Mr. Hans Dahlgren, Minister of State for Foreign and European Affairs. They will discuss key European and international issues, as well as prospects for strengthening our bilateral cooperation.

Mr. Harlem Désir will also participate, alongside Mr. Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson, Chairman of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation, in a seminar devoted to strengthening social Europe. He will meet with Swedish economists. He will also visit the Fryshuset foundation, which supports young people with educational and social difficulties.


European Union – Statement by Mr. Harlem Désir – Renewal of the Committee of the Regions (January 30, 2015)

Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, congratulates the 24 French members of the

European Union’s Committee of the Regions, who have just been elected for the 2015-2020 period, as well as their deputies. They will help represent the voice of French local authorities in the EU.

The Committee of the Regions ensures that territorial issues are taken into consideration in EU decisions and in the adoption of legislation that will have a direct impact on our fellow citizens.

Mr. Harlem Désir encourages the members of the Committee of the Regions to actively participate in promoting the European project as well as its practical contribution to the development of our regions, and to growth and employment in our countries.


Africa – African Union – Mobilization against terrorism

France welcomes the statement by Ms. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, on the commitment of the African Union and of all African states to the fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria and in neighboring countries, notably in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

It also welcomes the African Union’s decision to approve the deployment of a Multinational Joint Task Force of up to 7,500 troops from Benin, Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger and Chad.


Egypt – Terrorist attack in the Sinai (January 29, 2015)

France condemns the terrorist attack which killed at least 27 people – members of the security forces and civilians - in the northern part of the Sinai yesterday.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families.

France assures the Egyptian authorities and people of its solidarity and stands alongside them in the fight against terrorism.

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