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Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, August 26, 2014)

Published on August 26, 2014
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2014 monthly review

2014 Ambassadors’ Conference (Paris, August 28 to 30, 2014)
Humanitarian action – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in a working meeting with businesses (Paris, August 27, 2014)
Iraq – Attacks on mosques
Mozambique – Signing of a ceasefire agreement (August 24, 2014)
South Sudan - Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Summit in Addis Ababa (August 25, 2014)


2014 Ambassadors’ Conference (Paris, August 28 to 30, 2014)

The 2014 Ambassadors’ Conference will take place from August 28 to 30. It will be opened by President Hollande.

Mr. Laurent Fabius has chosen “France’s external action: global diplomacy” as the theme of the conference, which will provide an opportunity to illustrate the Quai d’Orsay’s role in orchestrating France’s external action.

Mr. Laurent Fabius would therefore like to exchange views with the ambassadors on how France can best mobilize its efforts and establish coherency between all external action tools: economic diplomacy, the fight against climate change, tourism, crisis management, European action, cultural diplomacy, sports diplomacy as well as development policy. Numerous personalities are expected to attend, including German Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier. A tour of Dassault-Systèmes will take place today in the context of economic diplomacy.

The 2014 Ambassadors’ Conference kicked off yesterday afternoon at the Quai d’Orsay with an unprecedented meeting between the ambassadors and several hundred students, researchers, representatives of associations and entrepreneurs. Mr. Laurent Fabius participated in a debate devoted to economic diplomacy.

Further information is available at: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr


Humanitarian action – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in a working meeting with businesses (Paris, August 27, 2014)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will tomorrow hold a working meeting with around 30 business leaders and several ambassadors aimed at improving the effectiveness, coherence and visibility of France’s response to emergency humanitarian situations.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to strengthen the cooperation established with the private sector. Partnerships have been established over the last few months with companies such as Airbus Helicopters, Veolia and Lafarge, which have recently been able to contribute by providing assistance to Iraqi Kurdistan and by helping the populations affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the flooding in Bolivia and Serbia.

At the end of this meeting, Mr. Laurent Fabius will sign 5 new partnership agreements with Veolia, Nutriset, Lafarge, EDF and Bouygues Construction.


Iraq – Attacks on mosques

France condemns the deadly attacks carried out against mosques in Iraq and expresses its sympathy with the victims’ families.

The deadly toll that resulted from the attack on a mosque in the Sunni village of Imam Wais on Friday, August 22, and the suicide attack on a Shiite mosque on Monday, August 25, in eastern Baghdad, again underscores the need to tirelessly fight terrorism and religious and sectarian violence.

France calls on all political and religious leaders to engage in constructive dialogue in order to swiftly find a political solution to the crisis affecting Iraq.


Mozambique – Signing of a ceasefire agreement (August 24, 2014)

France welcomes the signing of a ceasefire agreement between the government of Mozambique and Renamo. This agreement, which should put an end to the insecurity prevailing in the country, is an important step on the path toward national reconciliation.


South Sudan - Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Summit in Addis Ababa (August 25, 2014)

Following the summit that just took place in Addis Ababa, France, alongside the African Union, reaffirms its support for IGAD’s mediation efforts.

We call on the South Sudanese parties to comply with the 45-day deadline set at the IGAD Summit to form a new transitional government of national unity.

The parties must, as they have pledged to do so, implement the cessation of hostilities agreement which will guarantee humanitarian access.

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