Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, February 27, 2013)

 

Syria – Meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People group (Rome, February 28, 2013)
Saudi Arabia – Execution of Nimr Ben Fahid al-Soubeï (February 26, 2013)



Syria – Meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People group (Rome, February 28, 2013)

France, which was the first country to recognize the Syrian National Coalition and which recently hosted in Paris a meeting that brought together around 50 countries in order to encourage practical support for the coalition, will participate in the meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People group which will take place in Rome on February 28. It will be represented by the ambassador to Syria, Eric Chevallier.

This meeting comes at a time when the crackdown against the Syrian people is intensifying and the volume of displaced persons and refugees is constantly increasing. It will provide an opportunity for a growing proportion of the international community to reaffirm its support for the coalition through concrete measures.

 

Saudi Arabia – Execution of Nimr Ben Fahid al-Soubeï (February 26, 2013)

France condemns the beheading of Nimr Ben Fahid al-Soubeï in Saudi Arabia on February 26. This execution brings the number of people executed in this country since the beginning of the year to 17, making Saudi Arabia a country with one of the highest execution rates.
France again expresses its deep concern at the alarming rate of executions in Saudi Arabia. These executions contradict the global trend toward the abolition of this inhuman punishment, reflected by the adoption in December by the UN General Assembly of a resolution calling for the universal abolition of the death penalty.
France is campaigning for the universal abolition of the death penalty and as Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, reaffirmed, France expresses its firm and constant opposition to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances. France again urges Saudi Arabia to put an end to the executions and to establish a moratorium.