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Official speeches and statements - November 15, 2017

Publié le November 15, 2017

1. Zimbabwe - Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (excerpt) (Paris - November 15, 2017)


Q. - What is your response to the army takeover in Zimbabwe?

THE SPOKESPERSON - France, along with its partners, and particularly its European partners, is closely following events in Zimbabwe.

We reiterate our commitment to constitutional order and respect for the legitimate aspirations of the Zimbabwean people. We encourage all parties to seek a solution within this framework, without resorting to violence.

Very early this morning, our embassy issued security instructions to our compatriots living and travelling in Zimbabwe. As a precautionary measure, the French school is closed today. (...)

2. Lebanon - Telephone conversation between Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, and Mr. Michel Aoun, President of Lebanon - Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic (Paris - November 10, 2017)

The French President spoke to the President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, on November 10.

The two leaders discussed the situation in Lebanon following the announcement of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s resignation. The French President recalled the importance of maintaining Lebanon’s stability, independence and security, and he also reaffirmed France’s support for the Lebanese people. He reiterated his appeal for Lebanon’s political leaders to enjoy freedom of movement. The need to maintain the continuity of state institutions was emphasized, in the framework of the policy of dissociation from conflicts in the region, in particular Syria, in order to protect Lebanese sovereignty and stability.

President Aoun thanked the French President for his support. In the present context, he stressed how important his visit to Riyadh and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had been. He expressed the wish that continued exchanges between Lebanon and France will continue at all levels. The French President will have a meeting with the Lebanese Foreign Minister next Tuesday.