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New French FM to Pay First Visit to Middle East Tomorrow, Egypt Included

Fri 02 Feb 2024 | 08:23 PM
 French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne
French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne
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On Saturday, French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne will begin a Middle East tour amid the increasing tensions in the region, according to the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Christophe Lemoine.

Sejourne is set to visit various countries in the region including Egypt and Jordan.

The Spokesperson said: “The minister will begin his trip on Saturday and will visit Egypt, Jordan and Israel in succession, from where he will go to Ramallah (Palestine). The head of French diplomacy will end his tour in Lebanon.” 

Sejourne will return to France on Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry spokesman added.

It will be the first visit of the new Minister Foreign Minister to the Middle East. 

This tour will target “[working] for a ceasefire and the release of the hostages, and to convince people to reopen a political perspective”.

He "will continue France's close coordination with its regional partners, for the implementation of the Initiative for peace and security."

Séjourné will bring "France's solidarity with the Israelis and with the Palestinians", and will work "to put an end to the catastrophe that is being experienced by the civilian population of Gaza."