FRANCE

France strongly condemns terrorist attack in Quetta

Paris, 18 February 2013 }- "France strongly condemns the attack which took place on the 16th of February in Quetta, Baluchistan.Statement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Spokesman Philippe Lalliot says that "This attack which targeted the Shia Hazara community resulted, according to the latest estimates, in the loss of more than 80 lives and wounded around 200 persons. Within this harrowing context, France wishes to associate itself to the mourning of the victims’ relatives.

France awards knighthood to Ameena Saiyid

Karachi, 15 February 2013}- Mrs Ameena Saiyid, Managing Director Oxford University Press Pakistan, was awarded the Knighthood of the Order of Arts and Letters this Friday 15th of February 2013 by the Ambassador of France in Pakistan, Philippe Thiebaud.

French authors present in Karachi this week

Karachi; 15 Feb 2013}- More details on the French authors present in Karachi this week has been released from embassy of France. They include

Kénizé Mourad

Pak France relations and business promotion is my priority- Ghalib Iqbal, Pakistan’s Ambassador-designate

Islamabad; 9 Feb 2013}- Ghalib Iqbal, Pakistan’s Ambassador-designate to France visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) to discuss bilateral relation between Pakistan and France before his departure to France.

Ambassadors of Germany and France reflect on more than 50 years of friendship at QAU conference

Islamabad, 24 January 2013- On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the French-German Friendship Treaty, the German Ambassador, Dr Cyrill Nunn, and his French counterpart, Ambassador Philippe Thiébaud, along with Prof. Dr. Muhammad Masoom Yasinzai Vice Chancellor of Qaid-i-Azam University shared their thoughts with students on the reconciliation process of those two European nations. The Seminar was also attended by Pierre Mayaudon, Deputy Head of the European Delegation.

The Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom, awarded to Malala Yousufzai

Paris, 9 January 2013-French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius welcomed Ziauddin Yousufzaï in the French Foreign Ministry on Wednesday 8th of January and reaffirmed France’s commitment to women’s right and solidarity with the values demonstrated by Malala Yousufzaï.

TURNING POINT---Afghan govt holds talks with Taliban in France

PARIS, DEC 20 (Monitoring Desk+DNA) - Representatives of Afghanistan’s warring factions met here Thursday for two days of landmark talks that diplomats hope will bolster a fledgling peace process in the war-torn country.

For the first time since a US-led bombing campaign drove the Taliban from power in 2001, senior figures in the Islamist movement sat down with officials from the government and other opposition forces for a round table discussion on the country’s future that was brokered by a French think tank.

France condemns Execution of Pakistani citizen in Saudi Arabia

Paris, 11 Dec 2012-“France condemns the execution on December 9 in Saudi Arabia of Pakistani citizen Altaf Hussein Hati. As Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, reaffirmed at the launch of the campaign for the universal abolition of the death penalty, France expresses its firm and constant opposition to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances. It urges Saudi Arabia to put an end to the executions and to establish a moratorium.”

Pak, France agree on multi-field cooperation Zardari, Hollande mull regional situation

Paris; Dec 12, 2012—Pakistan and France on Tuesday agreed to further increase bilateral cooperation in different fields, including education, health, economy and energy sectors. Addressing a joint press conference French President Francois Hollande and President Asif Ali Zardari following their talks at Elysee Palace‚ said that they had discussed regional situation and increasing cooperation between the two countries.

“Stand Up for Malala” -Pakistani education rights activist honored at the UNESCO conference in Paris

PARIS, Dec 10 (Monitoring Desk+APP): International community on Monday appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for promoting education for girls despite threats from the militants and extremists and assured its full support to continue this important mission, by organizing an international conference on Malala.The conference jointly organised by Pakistan and UNESCO at its Paris Headquarters was a significant step in promoting education for girls through establishing a fund in the name of Malala, a Pakistani girl from Swat, who was attacked by militants for her determination to get education.Presiden

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