G8: France Reaffirms Commitment on Syria, North Korea, Iran
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé attended the G8 Foreign Ministers Summit in Washington, on April 11 and 12, 2012.
France, along with other nations represented at the G8, reaffirmed its commitment to confronting current international challenges.
H. Clinton, hosting the meeting, indicated that the foreign ministers examined the evolving situation in Syria, and welcomed Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan’s report that the violence in Syria has abated.
However, given the Assad regime’s record of broken promises, the representatives will remain cautious and will remain in close contact in the hours and days to come.
She also indicated that the G8 ministers discussed concerns that North Korea continues to prepare to launch a ballistic missile in violation of UN Security Council resolutions and its own national commitments. They urged the North Korean leadership to honor its agreements and refrain from pursuing a cycle of provocation.
Regarding Iran, H. Clinton reported that the G8 ministers reviewed the P-5+1 talks scheduled to take place in Istanbul this weekend, which represent a chance for Iran to credibly address the concerns of the international community.
- Mr. Alain Juppé and Ms. Hillary R. Clinton (April 11,2012 - photo: state.gov)
Foreign and European Affairs Minister, Alain Juppé, underscored France’s commitment to the democratic transitions in the Arab world through the Deauville Partnership (read more about the Deauville Partnership)
The Ministre d’Etat commended the dynamism and commitment demonstrated by the American presidency of the G8 in continuing the efforts undertaken.