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, will participate in the meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People group which will take place in Istanbul April 20. This meeting follows on from the one that took place in Rome on February 28. This meeting will take 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 will therefore provide 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 will reaffirm 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.