- Condemns kidnap of UN workers in Congo DRC
- Discusses G7 plan for Africa debt
The French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, on Tuesday, hosted The Gambian President Adama Barrow in Paris.
This was disclosed in a statement on Tuesday by the Spokesperson for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr. Romain Nadal.
“They will jointly take stock of opportunities for strengthening bilateral cooperation between our two countries,” Nadal said.
According to him, this is the Gambian president’s first visit to France since he was democratically elected on December 1.
He said that Barrow “will be received by President Hollande on March 15“.
Italy, France discuss G7 plan for Africa
The French minister of state responsible for development and Francophone, Mr. Jean-Marie Le Guen, on Tuesday met with the Italian deputy minister for foreign affairs and international cooperation, Mr. Mario Giro.
According to Nadal, both ministers “will discuss the work of the G7 under the Italian presidency, especially development and stabilization efforts in Africa”.
“They will also talk about relations between the EU and Africa ahead of the informal Foreign Affairs Council that will bring together development ministers on March 16,” he stated.
Commends Guinea, condemns Congo DRC
Meanwhile, France has welcomed the extradition to Guinea on March 12 of Aboubakar Sidiki Diakité, a.k.a. Toumba Diakité, who was charged in the case of the Stade du 28-Septembre massacre of opposition party members in Conakry in 2009.
The Spokesperson for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International, said this is an important step forward for justice, with a view toward holding a trial on that tragic event.
In another development, France has expressed deep concern by the disappearance, on March 12, in the Kasai region, of two representatives of the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo, acting under UN Security Council resolution 1533.
Nadal also called on the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), with the support of Congolese authorities, to swiftly deploy all necessary means to locate them.
“France once again condemns the deadly violence seen in the Kasai region in recent months,” he said.
Nadal reiterated its support for the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo and its members, who are carrying out a vital mission in difficult conditions./.