On August 23, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will host Staffan de Mistura, the UN secretary general’s special envoy for Syria.
Messrs. Le Drian and de Mistura will review the situation in Syria, particularly the negotiations conducted in Geneva under the auspices of the UN.
They will also discuss the situation on the ground, and first and foremost, the status of discussions in de-escalation areas as well as the humanitarian situation and the means of guaranteeing secure, complete, immediate, and unfettered humanitarian access.
France proposes establishing a contact group supporting Mr. de Mistura’s mediation efforts, which have our full support. It remains fully committed to combating terrorism, achieving a ceasefire, responding to the humanitarian emergency, and implementing a negotiated political transition in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2254 and the Geneva communiqué.