France’s decision to open a mission in Turkmenistan was made during President François Mitterrand’s visit to Achgabat in April 1994. This mission was elevated to the rank of Embassy in 1999. Following an initial dynamic phase (signing of several agreements, co-sponsorship in 1995 of the UN resolution proclaiming Turkmenistan’s neutrality, the Turkmen president’s visit to Paris in 1996), our relations have suffered as a result of choices that the Turkmen regime has made in the past. As a result, public contacts have become increasingly rare. The change in president was accompanied by a resumption in bilateral relations and several areas of bilateral cooperation are now under consideration.
On 1-2 February 2010, the President of Turkmenistan made an official visit to France at the invitation of President Nicolas Sarkozy. During their meeting, the two presidents brought up current international issues, in particular Afghanistan and Iran, and the reinforcement of Turkmenistan’s ties with the European Union, specifically in the energy sector and support for reforms in the areas of human rights and reinforcement of rule of law.
The human rights situation in Turkmenistan is closely scrutinized by France and human rights advocacy NGOs. In particular, France calls on the Turkmen government to release Messrs. Amanklychev and Khadjiev, Turkmen journalists arrested and sentenced in 2006 after helping film a report broadcast by France 2. The Foreign Affairs Commission of the National Assembly, which on 7 April 2010 adopted the bill to be ratified by France on the partnership and cooperation agreement between Turkmenistan and the EU, asked the Government not to include this bill on Parliament’s agenda before these two Turkmen nationals are released.
Updated on 01.05.10
Golan Heights – Kidnapping of blue helmets (29.08.14)
France condemns the detention by armed groups of 43 Fijian blue helmets deployed within the framework of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force on the Golan Heights (UNDOF), as well as the surrounding of Filipino blue helmets.
Ebola epidemic – Joint statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Minister of Social Affairs and Health (08.08.14)
The ministers welcome the WHO’s decision and all the recommendations formulated by the Emergency Committee. They support the priority actions adopted by the health ministers of 11 countries at the Accra meeting organized by ECOWAS.
Situation of the Eastern Christians - Communiqué issued by Laurent Fabius and Bernard Cazeneuve (28.07.14)
The situation of the Eastern Christians is unfortunately dramatic. The ultimatum issued to these communities in Mosul by ISIS is the latest tragic example of the terrible threat facing these people – who have historically been an integral part of the region – by jihadist groups in Iraq as well as Syria and elsewhere.
5+5 dialogue - 11th Meeting of the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Western Mediterranean (22.05.14)
The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss regional issues and the common challenges faced by the 10 countries – both in the area of security, with the situation in the Sahel-Sahara region, and in the economic field.
Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (28-30.04.14)
The 6th Summit of the Association of Caribbean States took place from April 28 to 30 in Mérida, Mexico. It marked the 20th anniversary of this regional organization of which France has been an associate member since it was established in 1994.
Ibero-American General Secretariat – Election of Ms. Rebeca Grynspan (01.04.14)
France welcomes the unanimous election of Ms. Rebeca Grynspan, former Vice President of the Republic of Costa Rica, as head of the Ibero-American General Secretariat.
ECOWAS – Election of the Ghanaian chair (29.03.14)
France congratulates President John Dramani Mahama on his election as chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Presidency of the African Union in 2014 (30.01.14)
France warmly congratulates Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, on his election as chairman of the African Union in 2014. It expresses its full trust in the new chairman and wishes him every success in carrying out his mandate.
Support for independent Arab media: CFI, operator of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, strengthens its position (January 2014)
Canal France International (CFI), the French cooperation agency and media operator of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, recently signed two substantial contracts (worth €2.7million) with the European Union to develop projects in support of independent media in the Arab world.
African Union - Presentation of border archives (29.11.13)
These documents concern 45 treaties and maps of countries in West, North and East Africa during the period of 1845-1956.
Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Regional Ministerial Meeting on Border Security (14.11.13)
The challenges posed by trafficking, illegal immigration and terrorism concern us all and require more effective control of Libya’s border areas, and more generally the Sahara-Sahel region.
Visit to Paris by José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) (21-22.02.13)
The discussions provided an opportunity to confirm France’s determination to deepen its political relations and strengthen its cooperation with all countries of the region.
“Latin America – a major foreign policy objective” - Op-ed published by Laurent Fabius in the French newspaper Le Figaro (20.02.13)
Starting on February 21, I will travel to three Latin American countries – Colombia, Panama and Peru – to work on revitalizing our relations with this continent. My visit to the region, following those by the president and the prime minister, has a clear purpose: we want to foster a lasting rapprochement with Latin America; this is a major foreign policy objective for us.
Election of Hailemariam Desalegn as chairman of the African Union (28.01.13)
France welcomes the election of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn as chairman of the African Union. It commends the exemplary work of the outgoing presidency held by Benin, notably with respect to Mali, for which it encouraged the mobilization of the African and international community.
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