Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - April 28, 2016)
• European Union / Luxembourg – Working lunch held by Jean-Marc Ayrault for his Luxembourg counterpart (April 28, 2016)
• Algeria / Economic diplomacy – Death of Arezki Idjerouidene (April 23, 2016)
• Turkey – Attack in Bursa (April 27, 2016)
I utterly condemn the bombing targeted against Al Quds Hospital in Aleppo, in the Sukkari neighborhood controlled by the opposition. The attack completely destroyed the hospital as well as a nearby residential building. At least 20 people were killed, including the last pediatrician practicing in the city.
In the face of the increasingly serious violations of the cessation of hostilities, I call for a meeting of the ministers of the International Syria Support Group to be convened as swiftly as possible.
The UN Security Council must also swiftly strengthen the protection of medical personnel and health infrastructure in the areas of conflict. France is especially mobilized and calls for the adoption, within the next few days, of the draft resolution, in the preparation of which it has been fully involved.
Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and Minister of Immigration and Asylum of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for a working lunch today.
The two ministers will discuss key European issues, the fight against terrorism, migration issues as well as current international issues.
The two ministers will also work on strengthening our bilateral relations, notably in terms of their cross-border dimension.
We were extremely saddened to learn of the death of Arezki Idjerouidene, the principle shareholder of Aigle Azur airline.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
France has lost an exceptional entrepreneur who contributed to the development of ties between France and Algeria.
Arezki Idjerouidene dedicated his life to promoting French-Algerian friendship. France had expressed its gratitude to him by awarding him the Legion of Honor.
France condemns the suicide bombing in Bursa on April 27 in northeastern Turkey, which left several people injured.
France reaffirms its wholehearted solidarity with Turkey in the face of terrorism.