Paris, June 14, 2009
Bernard Kouchner received George Mitchell for a meeting on Sunday, June 14 following the U.S. Special Envoy’s third tour of the Middle East.
This meeting, which came very soon after Barack Obama’s speech at the University of Cairo on June 4, the importance and symbolic and political implication of which we welcomed, was an opportunity to identify with George Mitchell the ways in which our two countries can work together to handle the common challenges facing the international community in the Middle East.
France would like to examine ways to restart the Middle East peace process as quickly as possible, since there is an urgent need to do so. It is ready to participate fully in these efforts, in close cooperation with the American administration.