Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, met with Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
This meeting provided an opportunity to reaffirm France’s support for UN efforts to help the populations affected by the humanitarian crises. Jean-Marc Ayrault underscored the need to ensure respect for international humanitarian law and to guarantee unrestricted access to all populations in need, notably in Syria. He reaffirmed that France, together with its partners, would swiftly refer the issue of the protection of health workers in armed conflict to the Security Council.
The meeting also provided an opportunity to discuss preparations for the World Humanitarian Summit, scheduled to take place in Istanbul on May 23 and 24, on the initiative of the UN secretary-general.
André Vallini, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, also met with Stephen O’Brien. A meeting with the main French NGOs chaired by André Vallini was also held.