Middle East – Launch of the follow-up committee to the Paris conference on the victims of ethnic and religious violence (Paris, January 18, 2017)

Support for ethnic and religious diversity in the Middle East, notably for Eastern Christians, is a constant priority for France.

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, launched, on January 18, in the presence of parliamentarians, locally elected officials and NGOs, the third follow-up committee to the Paris conference on the victims of ethnic and religious violence in the Middle East, which took place on September 8, 2015.

France is committed to ensuring that all people in Syria and Iraq, without distinction, are able to live safely in their own countries and enjoy full citizenship.

Beyond its political and military commitment, France pursues a comprehensive policy in support of all populations of the region with due respect for their diversity: the protection of heritage, humanitarian assistance, the fight against impunity.

Jean-Marc Ayrault has decided to renew the support fund created at the Paris conference in order to help persecuted populations and to endow the fund with €10 million over two years. This will make it possible to finance projects aimed at ensuring decent living conditions for the displaced populations and refugees and, when possible, allowing their sustainable return.