Laurent Fabius visits South Africa [fr]
French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, M. Laurent Fabius, visited Pretoria on 21 November 2015.
French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development , HE Mr Laurent Fabius, President of United Nations Conference for Climate Change – COP21, recently undertook a world tour to several key countries.
Between 20 and 22 November 2015, M. Fabius visited India, South Africa and Brazil. He was accompanied by Ambassador Laurence Tubiana, special representative for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.
In Pretoria, M. Fabius met with President of the Republic of South Africa HE President Jacob Zuma. Together, they discussed climate change negotiations in preparation for the conference in Paris. They also touched on different international issues such as the fight against terrorism and the regional African crisis. Among the topics of discussion was French-South-African bilateral relations.
M. Fabius also had a meeting with the South African negotiation team about the upcoming climate conference.
“After having met on Friday the Indian Prime Minister Modi in New Delhi, and before I meet the Brazilian President Dilam Rousseff in Brasilia on Sunday, I was welcomed in Pretoria today (Saturday), by South-African President Jacob Zuma to speak about COP21.
I underlined the major role that South Africa is playing in the preparation and the proceedings of the Paris conference. We also discussed the main themes of negotiations.
President Zuma indicated that he would go to Paris to intervene on Monday 30 November in front of Heads of State and Government who will gather at Le Bourget; that he wanted COP21 to be a success and that his country would act in this regard”.