Syria – Istanbul meeting (June 15, 2012)

The opposition meeting taking place today in Istanbul had been agreed upon at the informal consultation meeting on Syria on June 6 and is fully in line with the forthcoming meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People group in Paris on July 6.

This meeting forms part of the efforts of the Syrian opposition - notably the SNC - to organize itself and come together around a common vision of the Syria of tomorrow in accordance with the democratic aspirations of the Syrian people.

France, which fully supports these efforts, as Mr. Laurent Fabius reaffirmed during a telephone conversation with the new leader of the SNC, Mr. Abdelbaset Sieda, at the beginning of the week, will be represented by our Ambassador of France to Syria, Mr. Eric Chevallier.