French Policy Towards the Arab World

French Policy Towards the Arab World

  • 2 September 2002

The speaker said that the main objective of French
policy, foreign and domestic, is to promote the dialogue
between civilizations and to contribute toward cultural,
political and economic balance on a global scale. He
noted that France is the only major power with a policy
toward Arab countries that is rooted in a long history.
This policy is based on fundamental strategic choices
and a political philosophy that, above all, respects the
independence and cultural identity of nations, rejects
the hegemony of any superpower and emphasizes
support for the legitimate rights of the Arab peoples.
In line with the foreign policy established by General
deGaulle, French foreign policy toward the Arab world
is currently based on a number of principles, namely:
(1) recognition of the Palestinian people’s right to have
an independent and viable state and a just, impartial
global peace, which would result from an International
Conference under the aegis of the United Nations
and would not be imposed by force; (2) respect for
the territorial integrity and the stability of states, and
the rejection of any unjust military adventure that has
not been approved by the United Nations; and (3) the
strengthening of cooperation in all domains between the
European nations and Arab countries.

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Monday 2 September 2002

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Monday 2 September 2002

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