In the years that have followed President Mitterrand’s visit to Reykjavik in August 1990, there has not been much French-Icelandic political contact, with the exception of Foreign Affairs Minister Hubert Védrine’s visit to Iceland (20 August 2000) and the French President’s meeting with Prime Minister David Oddsson (9 April 2001). Foreign Affairs Minister Dominique de Villepin went to Iceland on 13 May 2002 for a NATO ministerial meeting. Alongside the Quinzaine culturelle islandaise, the Prime Minister met with his counterpart, Mr.Halldor Asgrimsson, on 27 September 2004 in Paris. However, there were two Icelandic visits in 2006, one by Foreign Affairs Minister Geir Haarde (Prime Minister since 5 June), going to Paris for an official visit for the first time on 21 March 2006 at the invitation of his counterpart, and Mr.Bjarnason, Minister of Justice, also having authority on defence issues, being received on 27 April 2006 by Ms. Alliot-Marie.
On 28-29 July 2009, Secretary of State for European Affairs Pierre Lellouche was the first foreign political leader to go to Reykjavik after Iceland’s historic decision to submit its application to join the EU. Alongside the Cagre (Conseil “Affaires genérales et relations extérieures”) of 16 November in Brussels, the Secretary of State was able to meet again with Iceland’s head of diplomacy, Mr.Skarphédinsson, and bring up the timing of the hearing of the application, and the factors likely to promote its candidacy. Finally, on 7 June 2010, with a view to the European Council of the 17th, Iceland’s Foreign Affairs MinisterÖssur Skarphédinsson was received at Quai d’Orsay by Mr.P. Lellouche.
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Fight against Daesh – Laurent Fabius’s participation in the ministerial meeting of the international coalition (03.12.14)
It will provide an opportunity to review our overall strategy. In addition to the use of military means alone, this strategy includes actions to prevent the recruitment and movement of foreign fighters, to cut off Daesh’s funding and supply sources, and to combat its propaganda. Support for the populations affected by the humanitarian crisis is an integral part of this strategy.
Meeting between Laurent Fabius and the Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All the East (20.11.14)
This meeting will provide an opportunity to review the situation in the Middle East and with respect to the minorities persecuted by Daesh, notably the Syriac Catholics in Mosul and Qaraqosh. It will provide an opportunity to reaffirm France’s support for all minorities who are being subjected to the crimes of Daesh, notably Middle East Christians.
Agence France-Presse - First African Fact-Checking Awards (14.11.14)
We congratulate Ghanaian video journalist Edem Srem and his multitvworld.com team on winning, on November 14, the first African Fact-Checking Awards, created and sponsored by the Agence France-Presse Foundation.
African Union – Meeting between Laurent Fabius and Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union (03.10.14)
This meeting provided an opportunity to strengthen the close dialogue between France and the African Union on issues relating to peace and security in Africa, notably in the Sahel-Saharan strip and the Central African Republic. Mr. Fabius and Mr. Chergui reaffirmed their shared commitment to supporting the fight against terrorism on the continent.
Africa – Terrorism – Meeting of the African Union (02.09.14)
France welcomes the meeting on September 2 in Nairobi that the African Union Peace and Security Council devoted to the fight against terrorism and violent extremism in Africa, under the chairmanship of Idriss Déby, President of the Republic of Chad, in which it participated.
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.
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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