Laurent Fabius’s participation in the Munich Security Conference (February 1, 2014)


Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended the 50th Munich Security Conference, an annual forum devoted to security and defense issues. This event brought together 20 heads of state and government and 50 foreign and defense ministers alongside European commissioners and heads of international regional organizations such as the UN, NATO, and the IAEA. Several non-governmental organizations were also represented.

This forum provided an opportunity to address regional security issues, such as the Syrian crisis, Iran and the Middle East peace process. The future of European defense, climate and energy security and the question of balancing freedom and security in cyberspace were also discussed.

The minister spoke at the round table on Europe, alongside Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General of NATO, Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, Mr. Sergey Lavrov, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was the guest of honor at a working lunch with the “Young Leaders,” personalities destined to become future leaders. He presented the key priorities of France’s foreign policy to them. The minister had several bilateral meetings, notably with Mr. Yukiya Amano, Director General of the IAEA, Mr. Najib Mikati, Prime Minister of Lebanon, Mr. John McCain, former US presidential candidate, and Mr. Radoslaw Sikorski, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs. The minister discussed the situation in Ukraine with Mr. Leonid Kojara, Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Lastly, Mr. Laurent Fabius was received by the minister-president of Bavaria.