Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - July 29, 2016)
• Jean-Marc Ayrault’s visits to Kenya and Tanzania (August 1-2, 2016)
• Syria – Russian proposal for "humanitarian corridors" in Aleppo (July 28, 2016)
• Situation in Turkey
• Indonesia – Executions
• India / Nepal – Natural disaster
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault will receive his American counterpart, John Kerry, tomorrow. In the aftermath of the ministerial conference held in Paris on July 3, the ministers will review the status of the Middle East peace initiative and will continue to coordinate on this subject. They will also discuss the situation in Syria.
Mr. Ayrault will also speak with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, to work on implementing this initiative.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault will be in Kenya and Tanzania on August 1 and 2.
He will take review our bilateral cooperation with the leaders of these two East African countries and discuss the many investment projects by French companies as well as the growing involvement of the French Development Agency in the renewable energy, transportation and urban development sectors.
Conversations will also focus on regional stability challenges and counterterrorism.
The situation in Aleppo remains a cause for deep concern for France and the international community. The city is under siege and its people are being bombed and deprived of food and humanitarian aid.
Under international humanitarian law, they must be able to receive emergency aid.
In this connection, the possibility of "humanitarian corridors," which would mean asking Aleppo’s inhabitants to leave their city, is not a credible response to the situation.
Aleppo’s inhabitants must be able to remain securely at home and to receive all the assistance they need. That is the priority.
France continues to closely monitor the situation in Turkey following the coup attempt on July 15 and 16, which it had condemned in the strongest possible terms.
The dimensions of the decisions taken in recent days – particularly the large numbers of people suspended from their jobs or made to stand trial in every area, including the media – raises real concern among France and its EU partners.
As Jean-Marc Ayrault pointed out the day after the coup attempt, the answer must not be less democracy but more democracy. Defending the constitutional order and democratic institutions against all threats, particularly terrorist threats, must be done in a way that respects the rule of law, fundamental liberties, and Turkey’s international commitments.
The EU reiterated these principles at the Foreign Affairs Council on July 18.
On July 27, the EU called for the establishment of a moratorium on executions in Indonesia.
France’s position is unwavering. We oppose the death penalty everywhere and in all circumstances.
We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of at least 90 people in floods and landslides over the past few days in India and Nepal, in which large numbers of people were forced to flee their homes.
France offers its condolences to the victims’ loved ones.
In this painful time, we assure India and Nepal of our solidarity.