Working meeting with Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Philip Hammond and Federica Mogherini – Statement by Laurent Fabius (Paris, September 24, 2015)


This evening at the Quai d’Orsay, I will receive Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Philip Hammond, British Foreign Secretary, and Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

A few days ahead of the ministerial week at the United Nations General Assembly, this meeting will notably provide an opportunity to discuss the Syrian crisis and its implications for the EU, which is experiencing an unprecedented influx of refugees.

The only way to put an end to the Syrian conflict is through the implementation of a political transition, involving elements of the regime and the moderate opposition, in accordance with the Geneva Communiqué. Bashar al-Assad cannot represent the future of a people and a country that he has persecuted. Combating terrorism is essential and France is resolutely committed to doing so. We must work toward providing civilians in Syria with the necessary protection in order to address the refugee crisis.

The discussions will also focus on the efforts under way to reach a solution in Libya as well as on the need for the international community to mobilize its efforts in support of relaunching the Middle East peace process.