Election of Mr. Abdelbaset Sieda as leader of the Syrian National Council (June 11, 2012)

We warmly congratulate Mr. Abdelbaset Sieda on assuming the leadership of the Syrian National Council.

Mr. Laurent Fabius will talk with him this afternoon.

France supports the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people for a peaceful transition toward democracy. Faced with the regime’s relentless crackdown which again resulted in more than 170 deaths this weekend, the Syrian opposition must be able to agree, in a spirit of openness and unity, on a common vision of the Syria of tomorrow.