Q : Did Moscow decide to invite the United States and other permanent members of the UN Security Council as observers to the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi on January 29-30? Has France already received an invitation? Are you thinking of attending?
A : France is committed to the dialogue with Russia in order to move forward with a political transition in Syria. We have not received an invitation to the meeting to which you refer.
The inter-Syrian negotiations conducted under the auspices of the UN are the only legitimate framework for achieving a negotiated peaceful transition in Syria consistent with the terms of UN Security Council resolution 2254. All initiatives on Syria’s future must be part of this framework. We hope that the Russian efforts contribute to the international consensus that is needed to reach a solution for Syria.
France reiterates its support for the efforts of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. It will continue to work with its partners to contribute to the success of his mediation effort.