Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - June 28, 2016)
• Central African Republic / Cameroon – Visits by André Vallini (June 28 to July 1, 2016)
• Iraq – Retaking of the city of Falluja (June 26, 2016)
• Central African Republic / UN – Murder of a peacekeeper (June 27, 2016)
• Lebanon – Attacks in al-Qaa (June 27, 2016)
• Yemen – Attacks in Mukalla (June 27, 2016)
Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will receive his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on June 29 for a working lunch.
The ministers will take stock of our bilateral cooperation, especially in the economic and cultural spheres. They will discuss the main regional crises, notably Syria, Ukraine and Nagorno-Karabakh. The discussions will also focus on the Middle East peace process.
A joint press briefing will be held following the meeting.
André Vallini, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, will visit the Central African Republic and Cameroon from June 28 to July 1, 2016.
In the Central African Republic, André Vallini will meet with President Touadéra, the prime minister and the president of the National Assembly, with whom he will sign a statement of support in Parliament. He will take part in a meeting on the multi-donor trust fund, "Bêkou" (which means "hope" in Sango), established to support the country’s recovery, and will sign a financing agreement with the European Union military training mission in the Central African Republic. He will visit the Bangui power plant.
In Cameroon, André Vallini will be received by President Paul Biya and will sign the third Debt Reduction-Development Contract, aimed at supporting the country’s development. He will travel to Douala to inaugurate major urban development projects and sign an agreement with the urban community on the "Douala Sustainable City" project. Lastly, he will inaugurate the new premises of the Pasteur Center of Cameroon for Clinical Research on Malaria and will visit the "Foyer de l’espérance" in Yaoundé, a benchmark institution for the reception, protection and reintegration of children and young people.
France welcomes the retaking of Falluja by the Iraqi forces, with the support of the international coalition against Daesh. It pays tribute to the courage of the Iraqi security forces and will continue to support them in the fight against this terrorist organization.
We call on the Iraqi authorities to do everything possible to ensure the protection of the civilian populations, while respecting human rights and international humanitarian law.
While Daesh is retreating, France is also lending its support to the Iraqi authorities in order to accelerate the stabilization of the liberated areas and to implement the reforms needed to ensure national reconciliation.
France condemns the murder in Bangui of a Senegalese peacekeeper from the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
We offer our condolences to the victim’s family and to the Senegalese authorities. An investigation is under way to determine the circumstances of this murder and bring its perpetrators to justice.
France reaffirms its support for MINUSCA’s work to promote stability in the Central African Republic.
France condemns the terrorist attacks that again struck al-Qaa (in the Beqaa valley) during the evening of June 27 and left several injured.
We assure the victims of these attacks of our solidarity.
France reiterates its support for stability and security in Lebanon. It will continue to play an active role in the international community’s support for Lebanon.
France condemns the attacks on police forces carried out by Daesh in Mukalla, which took the lives of nearly 40 people.
We offer our condolences to the victims’ families.
France supports the Yemeni people and authorities in the fight against terrorism.