Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, January 26, 2015)
• European Union – Mr. Harlem Désir’s visit to the European Parliament (Brussels, January 26, 2015)
• Sudan – Renewed bombing of the hospital operated by Doctors Without Borders (January 20, 2015)
• Zambia – Election of Mr. Edgar Lungu (January 20, 2015)
• Central African Republic – Kidnapping of the minister for youth and sport (January 25, 2015)
Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will travel to Kuwait tomorrow, where he will meet the country’s highest authorities: Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid, Parliament Speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim, and Finance Minister Anas Khalid Al-Saleh. Mr. Laurent Fabius will be accompanied by a business delegation.
The exchanges will provide an opportunity to discuss all aspects of our bilateral cooperation as well as key regional issues, including the fight against Daesh and terrorism, a fight in which Kuwait plays a key role.
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our diplomatic relations, this visit will reflect the exceptional friendship between our two countries.
Mr. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will visit the European Parliament in Brussels today to meet with Mr. Guy Verhofstadt, Chairman of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group, and Mr. Arnaud Danjean (European People’s Party), Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on Security and Defense.
He will work with his interlocutors on the measures needed at the European level to effectively combat terrorism, including the discussions under way on a European Passenger Name Records (PNR) system. Reaching an agreement in the European Parliament and implementing a European Passenger Name Records (PNR) system as swiftly as possible are priorities.
A European solution should be given priority in order to ensure effectiveness and protect individual freedoms.
France condemns the bombing of the hospital operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Frandala (South Kordofan), which injured two people including an MSF employee. After the second bombing in 7 months, MSF has announced that it has been forced to suspend its assistance to the local population.
France reaffirms that deliberate attacks against hospitals and other facilities providing treatment to the sick and injured may constitute war crimes.
We call for humanitarian access to be re-established as swiftly as possible in the areas of conflict and for the resumption of dialogue between the parties, in accordance with the commitments made in Addis Ababa on September 5, 2014.
France welcomes the smooth conduct of the presidential elections on January 20 in Zambia.
It congratulates the new president, Edgar Lungu, with whom it would like to work toward strengthening the relations of friendship and cooperation between our two countries.
France condemns the kidnapping on January 25 of Armel Ningatoloum, Minister for Youth and Sport.
We call for his immediate and unconditional release.
France reaffirms its support for the transitional authorities in the Central African Republic in their efforts to promote peace and reconciliation.