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ICRC president visits Brussels and Paris

16-10-2012 News Release 12/205

Geneva (ICRC) – Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), has begun a two-day visit to Brussels and Paris.

During his stay in Brussels he will meet senior European Union officials, including Catherine Ashton, high representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security policy and vice-president of the European Commission, Kristalina Georgieva, commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response, Pierre Vimont, executive secretary general of the European External Action Service, and members of the Political and Security Committee of the Council of the EU.

On 17 October, Mr Maurer will be in Paris to meet with François Hollande, president of France, Laurent Fabius, minister of foreign and European affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, minister of defence, and members of the United Nations and International Organisations Division of the Foreign Ministry.

The talks will focus on the humanitarian situation in some of the ICRC’s main areas of operations, including Syria, Mali and Afghanistan. These high-level meetings are part of the dialogue and cooperation between the ICRC, the EU and France on humanitarian issues and other matters of common interest.

For further information, please contact:
Thomas Vanden Driessche, ICRC Brussels, tel: +32 2 286 58 70 or +32 478 24 00 51
Frédéric Joli, ICRC Paris, tel: +33 1 56 54 11 13 or +33 6 20 49 46 30
Anastasia Isyuk, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 30 23 or +41 79 251 93 02
Carla Haddad Mardini, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 24 05 or +41 79 217 32 26