Syria - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (28 June 2017)

Q - It’s been a month since France imposed its “red line” regarding the humanitarian situation in Syria. What have you got from the Russians in terms of tangible results regarding this issue?

A - Full and unimpeded humanitarian access is an obligation under international law. It is a priority for France in Syria, as reaffirmed by President Macron.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, travelled to Moscow on June 20 and discussed this issue at length with his Russian counterpart.

We want Russia to effectively contribute to the safe and unimpeded delivery of humanitarian assistance to all populations in need in Syria.

Q - Do you believe that the Syrian High Negotiations Committee is sufficiently representative of the opposition to negotiate with Bashar al-Assad’s representatives?

A - The Geneva Communiqué and UNSCR 2254 provide the framework for the inter-Syrian talks. These texts clearly define the parties to the negotiations: the representatives of the opposition and the regime.

President Macron received Riad Hijab, head of the High Negotiations Committee, on May 30, and reiterated his support for him.

Q - Your responses on June 26 to the question of whether the loyalist Syrian forces and the Shiite militia are critical to the fight against terrorism did not clarify your position. Are these groups allies in the fight against terrorism?

A - We are working with our allies within the international coalition against Daesh.

The loyalist Syrian forces and the militia associated with them are not part of this group.

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