Syria - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (17.07.17)

Q - Can you provide details regarding the new contact group that France would like to see? Will Iran be a part of it? When will this group be established?

What more are you hoping to achieve than with all the previous contact groups on Syria and all the previous formats already tried over the last few years?

A - President Macron called for an international initiative to build lasting political stability in Syria.

The creation of a contact group could help reenergize the political process by providing support for UN mediation so that political negotiations can truly get underway.

It is especially important for the permanent members of the UN Security Council and the countries that exercise influence over Syria to be able to work together in a more effective manner in order to ensure that UNSCR 2254 and the Geneva Communiqué are finally implemented.

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