Burkina Faso - Visit by Amélie de Montchalin (22 June 2020)

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Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Burkina Faso on June 22, together with the European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen.

This joint visit falls within the framework of the European Humanitarian Air Bridge which brings aid to several African countries, thereby ensuring the continuity of humanitarian operations and supporting the medical and healthcare response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Amélie de Montchalin and Jutta Urpilainen will be received by President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. They will meet with Alpha Barry, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Hélène Marie Laurence Ilboudo Marchal, Minister for Women, National Solidarity, Family and Humanitarian Action.

Ms. de Montchalin will reaffirm our country’s support for Burkina Faso in the fight against the pandemic, and, more broadly, France’s solidarity in the face of the humanitarian crisis affecting the country.

The minister of state will visit Tengandogo University Hospital, the main hospital designated for the treatment of Covid-19 patients, supported by France.

The European air bridge established in Ouagadougou thanks to a French-Danish initiative will allow the delivery of a total of 23 tons of humanitarian aid for nine European NGOs within the Réseau Logistique Humanitaire (Humanitarian Logistics Network) and UN agencies, as well as the deployment of 12 essential humanitarian personnel to Burkina Faso. Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves le Drian had taken part in a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo from June 8 to 9 in order to highlight this strong European solidarity-based response.