Washington DC

01 April 2016

Readout of the Secretary-General’s Meeting with H.E. Mr. François Hollande, President of the French Republic

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. François Hollande, President of the French Republic.

The Secretary-General and the President discussed the situation in Western Sahara.

The Secretary-General and the President also exchanged views on the situation in Mali. The Secretary-General thanked France for its continued support to the implementation of the peace agreement in Mali, for the review of the mandate of the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and for tackling issues of insecurity and the re-establishment of State authority throughout the country.

The Secretary-General thanked France for its continued support to the democratically elected Government of the Central African Republic, underlining the need to maintain international attention on the situation in the country. On the allegations of misconduct by peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic, the Secretary-General and the President agreed on the imperative of a thorough investigation to ensure that perpetrators be brought to justice.

The Secretary-General and the President also discussed preparations for the 22 April signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement on climate change.