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France, US determined to combat global terrorism

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  • Condemns attack against Libyan Prime minister 

…Paschal Okeke  


The French government has expressed its determination to partner with the United States (US) and other allies to combat terrorism anywhere in the world.

This is coming as France also condemned the recent attack against the Prime Minister of Libya, Mr. Fayez al-Sarraj.

The Spokesperson for French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr. Romaine Nadal disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, announcing ceremony to celebrate the planting at the Quai d’Orsay of a tree donated by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Nadal said that the event, which will be presided over by Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, ” reflects the deep ties of friendship between France and the United States and our determination to work together to combat terrorism”.

“This gift from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is an expression of solidarity with France following the terrorist attacks that plunged our country into mourning in 2015 and 2016,” he stated.

He said the ceremony will be attended by Juliette Méadel, Minister of State for Victim Assistance, Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, and Uzra Zeya, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in France.

Representatives of the families and associations of victims of terrorist attacks, students from the American School of Paris and members of the American community in France will also attend the event.

In a related development, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development,   Jean-Marc Ayrault spoke with Fayez al-Sarraj, Prime Minister of Libya and President of the Presidential Council, to express his support following the attack on Mr. al-Sarraj’s convoy in Tripoli on February 20.

Ayrault condemned that act and reiterated France’s full support for the Presidential Council and for the efforts to achieve a compromise among all Libyan political forces, in conjunction with the UN and the countries of the region.

The foreign minister also stressed France’s commitment to strengthening the presidential guard. In this regard, General Najmi al-Nakoua, the commander of that force, will soon be visiting Paris.


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