Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, March 5, 2015)
• Paraguay – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his counterpart (Paris, March 5, 2015)
• European Union – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the informal meeting of foreign ministers (Riga, March 6, 2015)
• Morocco – Visit by Mr. Laurent Fabius (March 9 to 10, 2015)
• Cuba – Economic diplomacy – Visit by Matthias Fekl (Havana, March 5-8)
• Nigeria – African Union – Fight against Boko Haram
Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive his Paraguayan counterpart, Eladio Loizaga, today.
This meeting will provide an opportunity to strengthen our dialogue, notably within the framework of preparations for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.
Mr. Laurent Fabius will also discuss the strengthening of our economic and trade relations as well as opportunities for our companies, whose investments have significantly expanded in recent years.
The ministers will also discuss the major projects targeting academic, scientific and cultural cooperation between our two countries.
Mr. Laurent Fabius will participate in the informal meeting of foreign ministers (Gymnich), which will take place in Riga and will be chaired by Ms. Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Mr. Edgars Rinkevics, Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The discussions will focus on the following issues:
- Libya: The ministers will take stock of the situation and review possible EU support for the dialogue process led by Mr. Bernardino Leon, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General;
- Ukraine: The discussions will focus on the implementation of the Minsk agreement and EU support to that end, in particular through its support for OSCE action;
- European Neighborhood Policy: the ministers will initiate discussions on reviewing the European Neighborhood Policy, notably in preparation for the Eastern Partnership summit scheduled to take place in Riga from May 21 to 22.
- Security: Discussions will focus on the revision of the EU security strategy in preparation for the European Council in June.
Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit Morocco from March 9 to 10.
This visit is part of the process of revitalizing the friendly relations between France and Morocco.
The discussions will focus on the renewed ambitions for the French-Moroccan partnership: the fight against climate disruption, the fight against terrorism and the prevention of radicalization, security and development in the Mediterranean region and in Africa.
In order to further develop our economic partnership, Mr. Laurent Fabius will work with his interlocutors on the development of joint projects in growth sectors such as transport, renewable energy, sustainable cities and tourism, notably in the region’s emerging markets.
On this occasion, Mr. Laurent Fabius will launch the “France Morocco 2015” cultural season, one of the largest programs organized by our cultural network abroad, with more than 300 events scheduled to take place in the 12 Instituts Français in Morocco.
Matthias Fekl, minister of state for foreign trade, the promotion of tourism and French nationals abroad, is visiting Cuba from March 5 to 8.
Following Laurent Fabius’s visit in April 2014 – the first by a foreign minister in more than 30 years, and one that renewed the close ties between our two countries – this visit will enable us to strengthen our cooperation ahead of the President’s visit to Havana on May 11.
Accompanied by a delegation of business leaders, Mr. Fekl will be meeting with Cuba’s ministers of foreign trade and external relations, the deputy tourism minister, and the president of the national bank. He will sponsor the signature of a cooperation agreement between the International Center for Agronomic Research (CIRAD) and the Cuban agricultural ministry, and will visit the development zone of the port of Mariel.
Mr. Fekl also will meet with the French community, its elected officials, and its consular officials, and will visit the site of the future Alliance Française at Palacio Gomez.
France welcomes the African Union Peace and Security Council’s unanimous adoption, on March 4, of the Concept of Operations of the Multinational Joint Task Force to fight Boko Haram. This represents an important step toward the establishment of a robust, organized regional force, which we have been calling for.
We applaud the efforts being made by Nigeria’s neighbors and call for continuing international mobilization.
France hopes the UN Security Council will examine this concept promptly.