Laurent Fabius’s participation in the meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People group in Istanbul (April 20, 2013)
Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, participated in the meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People group which will took place in Istanbul April 20. This meeting followed on from the one that took place in Rome on February 28. This meeting took place in the presence of the leaders of the Syrian National Coalition, including its president, Moaz al-Khatib, and General Salim Idriss, Chief of Staff of the Free Syrian Army.
While the Syrian tragedy continues and the number of victims of the crackdown continues to rise, the international community’s mobilization must be sustained. This meeting therefore provided an opportunity to confirm the support of the countries that are friends of the Syrian people for the Syrian National Coalition and its restructuring and consolidation efforts.
The minister of foreign affairs reaffirmed France’s commitment alongside the Syrian people, both to help the populations in distress and the refugees, and at the political level, to increase pressure on the Damascus regime in order to swiftly initiate a political transition.