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Conference of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People (May 22, 2013)

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, participated yesterday in the meeting of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People in Amman. The aim of this meeting was to prepare for the next conference in Geneva which should bring together the Syrian opposition and representatives of the regime in order to form by mutual consent a transitional government with full executive powers.

The discussions allowed us to make progress on several points, notably with respect to the participants, agenda and timetable. The states present in Amman reaffirmed in particular that Bashar al-Assad and the members of the regime with blood on their hands had no place in the discussions aimed at finding a political solution to the crisis. Mr. Laurent Fabius also indicated that in France’s view Iran’s participation in this conference wasn’t desirable given its “hostile attitude toward the Syrian people.”

In order to reach a political solution in Syria, the minister of foreign affairs reaffirmed France’s full support for the Syrian National Council, which is meeting as from today in Istanbul with the aim of strengthening its cohesion and organization in order to assume its full role in the next conference in Geneva.


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