Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, January 8, 2014)

Syria

Ministerial meeting of the eleven countries making up the Friends of Syria “Core Group” (Paris, January 12, 2014)

France is organizing a ministerial meeting of the eleven countries making up the Friends of Syria “Core Group” on January 12. This meeting will be chaired by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and will take place in the presence of a Syrian National Coalition delegation led by its recently re-elected president, Mr. Ahmad al-Jarba.
This meeting will allow us to reaffirm our full support for the Syrian National Coalition and, in the run-up to the Geneva II conference, to reiterate our shared vision of a political transition addressing the Syrian people’s legitimate aspirations. The creation of a transitional government body with full executive powers is the central objective of the Geneva II conference.

At a time when the regime’s headlong pursuit of repression against the people continues to aggravate the humanitarian situation, this ministerial meeting will signal our desire to provide increased help to the Syrian National Coalition and the Syrian people, particularly in the liberated areas.