Meeting between Laurent Fabius and Ahmed Tomeh, Prime Minister of the interim government of the Syrian National Coalition (December 5, 2013)
Photo : MAE/F. de la Mure
Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today received Ahmed Tomeh, Prime Minister of the interim government of the Syrian National Coalition, as well as 3 members of the government formed last month.
Mr. Laurent Fabius reaffirmed the importance of the Geneva II conference for initiating a transition that will respond to the democratic aspirations of the Syrian people and respect human rights. He welcomed the commitment of the prime minister of the coalition in this respect. With this in mind, Mr. Fabius and Mr. Tomeh discussed the need to urgently improve humanitarian access on the ground, in accordance with the UN Security Council Presidential Statement of October 2.
The minister of foreign affairs paid tribute to the practical and concrete approach set out by Mr. Tomeh and the ministers in attendance. Mr. Laurent Fabius announced France’s readiness to help the interim government to implement its priorities, notably with respect to local government and the provision of basic services in areas such as energy, health, water, and food security. This assistance builds on the actions to support the local councils already initiated by France. Mr. Fabius announced France’s decision to take part in the multi-donor fund for Syrian reconstruction established by Germany and the United Arab Emirates within the framework of the Friends of the Syrian People group.
Lastly, the minister of foreign affairs noted the determination of the interim government to work toward restructuring the free army and training the police forces in the liberated areas, in order to guarantee the security of the population.