The Foreign Ministers of the G8 countries are meeting on 14-15 March in Paris. This meeting is part of the preparation process for the Summit of Heads of State and Government, to be held in Deauville on 26-27 May.
The Ministers will begin their work by discussing the consequences of the unprecedented natural disaster that has struck Japan. This will be an opportunity to express their support for, and confidence in, the Japanese government, and their admiration for the people of Japan. The Japanese Minister, Takeaki Matsumoto, will be able to help the member States of the G8 to better define the forms their action should take in the short term, but also in the medium to long term, to help Japan overcome this ordeal.
The meeting also comes at a time marked by historic change in the Arab world. In this context, France has proposed to its partners - who have accepted this proposal - that the large majority of exchanges be devoted to the situation in the countries of North Africa and the Middle East, paying particular attention to the dramatic situation currently prevailing in Libya, as well as the specific issue of the Middle East Peace Process.
Among the regional issues that will also feature on the agenda for this meeting, partnership with Africa, as well as the situations in Côte d’Ivoire, Somalia and Sudan, will play a prominent role.
The Ministers will also discuss the other main priorities of the French G8 Presidency, such as non-proliferation, paying particular attention to the Review Conference for the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. Discussions are expected to focus on implementation methods in order to further strengthen cooperation on the fight against international terrorism.
After the meeting, the G8 Foreign Ministers will hold a joint press conference. The Presidency conclusions will be made public during the press conference.
Alongside the G8, the Ministre d’Etat will be present at talks between the President of the French Republic and US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, at the Elysée Palace at 5 p.m. today.
Alain Juppé will then hold talks with Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lawrence Cannon.
At 8.40 a.m. on Tuesday 15 March at the site on rue de la Convention, Mr Juppé will meet Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov.
At 3 p.m. at the same location, Mr Juppé will hold talks with his Japanese counterpart, Takeaki Matsumoto.