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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, December 17, 2014)

Published on December 17, 2014
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2014 monthly review

Angola – France-Angola Economic Forum (Paris, December 18, 2014)
Andorra – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Andorran counterpart (Paris, December 18, 2014)
Serbia – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Serbian counterpart (Paris, December 18, 2014)
Yemen – Attack in Rada (December 16, 2014)
Cultural network update – “The Shortest Day – Short Film Festival” (December 9 to 21, 2014)

Angola – France-Angola Economic Forum (Paris, December 18, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will tomorrow receive his Angolan counterpart, Mr. Georges Chicoti, notably to discuss the strengthening of our bilateral economic relations, crisis management in Africa and the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

Mr. Fabius and Mr. Chicoti will then participate, at the Ministerial Conference Center, in the closing session of the France-Angola Economic Forum, hosted by the Quai d’Orsay and UBIFRANCE, in partnership with MEDEF International. More than 250 participants, business representatives and institutional economic actors are expected to attend.

The two ministers will sign an action plan for an enhanced economic partnership, as well as an agreement to facilitate the granting of visas for professionals and young people in the Volunteer for International Experience program.


Andorra – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Andorran counterpart (Paris, December 18, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will tomorrow receive his Andorran counterpart, Mr. Gilbert Saboya Sunyé.

Mr. Fabius and Mr. Saboya Sunyé will discuss the strengthening of our bilateral relations, cross-border issues, as well as the fight against climate disruption.

They will also discuss the Principality of Andorra’s rapprochement with the EU, including the negotiations on the conclusion of an association agreement.


Serbia – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Serbian counterpart (Paris, December 18, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will meet tomorrow with Mr. Ivica Dacic, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia.

The meeting will focus on Serbia’s presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, due to begin in January 2015.

Mr. Fabius and Mr. Dacic will also take stock of Serbia’s rapprochement with the EU, as well as the strengthening of our bilateral cooperation, following the prime minister’s visit to Belgrade on November 6 and 7.


Yemen – Attack in Rada (December 16, 2014)

France condemns the attack which killed more than 20 people in Rada in Yemen yesterday, many of them children. These acts are appalling and disgraceful.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families. We stand alongside the Yemeni people in the fight against terrorism.

The only way to avoid an escalation and to ease tensions over the long term is through the rejection of violence and a dialogue involving all components of Yemeni society.


Cultural network update – “The Shortest Day – Short Film Festival” (December 9 to 21, 2014)

The Shortest Day,” the short film festival launched in 2011 by the National Center of Cinema and Animated Images, is scheduled to take place in more than 50 countries around the world this year.

This event features a wide variety of films for all audiences and provides a special opportunity to discover a particularly creative movie genre. The event is being sponsored by the French cultural network abroad and will feature debates and festive events, with screenings scheduled in a wide range of venues: cafés, cinemas, schools, media centers, associations, cultural centers and public spaces.

The Shortest Day” event is supported abroad by the Institut français; it provides an opportunity to discover more than 200 films available in various subtitled versions and a variety of formats (35 mm, DVD, Blu-ray, and on the Institut français’ online cinema platform).

For more information please visit:

http://www.institutfrancais.com/fr/actualites/le-jour-le-plus-court-2014-linternational

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