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Visit by Mr. Laurent Fabius to Mauritania (April 15 & 16, 2013)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, visited Nouakchott from April 15 to 16, 2013.

The first day was devoted to bilateral relations. It provided an opportunity for the minister to meet with Mr. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, as well as with Mr. Hamadi Ould Baba Ould Hamadi, Mauritanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, to discuss issues of common interest, namely regional security, the Malian crisis and development.

During this visit, the Partnership Framework Document covering the period 2013-2015, was signed by the minister and his Mauritanian counterpart. It focuses on support for sustainable development, governance, development and scientific and cultural cooperation. Four agreements on AFD (French Development Agency) funding will also be signed by the minister and the Mauritanian minister of economic affairs and development. They relate to 3 key projects to support decentralization, provide technical and vocational training and build a hybrid photovoltaic-thermal plant.

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, devoted April 16 to the 10th meeting of the foreign ministers of the Western Mediterranean Dialogue (5+5). This meeting, which takes place every year, allowed the 10 countries of this informal forum (the north Mediterranean countries include Italy, Spain, Portugal and Malta, in addition to France; the south Mediterranean countries include Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya) to exchange views on the major political issues that concern them collectively, such as security in the Sahel, the Syrian crisis, and the Middle East peace process.

On this occasion and in close coordination with the European Commission, the Arab Maghreb Union and the Union for the Mediterranean, represented in the various 5+5 meetings as observers, the major cooperation projects of common interest were examined and encouraged.

Meetings at the level of the technical ministers were then focused on the implementation of these projects in the group’s different areas of interest: defense, security, education, higher education and food security.

Since the summit of the Heads of State and Government of the 5+5, which took place in Malta from October 5 to 6, 2012, the 5+5 Dialogue has emerged as a forum for dialogue and cooperation that is essential to developing – as of now – the “Mediterranean of projects,” which is a central focus of our diplomatic efforts.


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