Syria – Ministerial meeting of the group of like-minded countries (Paris, December 10, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, received the representatives of the group of like-minded countries, his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, his American counterpart, John Kerry, his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, as well as representatives of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Jordan and Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on December 10, 2016, at 8:30 am at the Quai d’Orsay for a ministerial meeting on Syria.

Dr. Riyad Hijab, General Coordinator of the High Negotiations Committee of the Syrian opposition, and Brita Hagi Hasan, Aleppo city council president met with the participants.

The meeting was co-chaired by Jean-Marc Ayrault and his Qatari and German counterparts.

The latest developments make the international community’s mobilization more necessary than ever.

The minister and his guests discussed the tragic humanitarian situation in Aleppo and the urgent response needed by the international community.

They also discussed the strategy to be adopted following Daesh’s retreat in order ensure the successful governance and stabilization of the liberated territories.

Lastly, they took stock of efforts to resolve this crisis which has dragged on for too long. One year after it was launched, the Vienna process has stalled and it is imperative that we continue our collective efforts to find a political solution.