Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, July 9, 2014)

 

Syria – Election of Mr. Hadi al-Bahra as president of the Syrian National Coalition
Afghanistan – Provisional results of the second round of the presidential election (July 7, 2014)


Syria – Election of Mr. Hadi al-Bahra as president of the Syrian National Coalition

France congratulates Mr. Hadi al-Bahra on his election as president of the Syrian National Coalition. One month after the sham elections organized by Bashar al-Assad in order to hold on to power, the moderate opposition that we support therefore has a new executive authority following a democratic election.

We commend the work carried out by Mr. Ahmad al-Jarba during his terms in office. We expect the new president to continue to pursue the coalition’s commitment in support of a free and democratic Syria that will respect all components of the population.

We will continue to lend the coalition our full support in its fight against oppression and terrorism. France remains fully mobilized in support of a political transition based on the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué of June 30, 2012.

The commander of the Free Syrian Army forces complained again this week about a lack of aid from Western countries. The minister spoke again about increasing assistance to the Syrian opposition yesterday but dismissed the idea of lethal aid. What exactly has French assistance to the Syrian opposition – which seems to be struggling politically and militarily - consisted of since the beginning of 2014?


The Core Group of the Friends of the Syrian People have pledged to provide increased civilian and military support to the moderate opposition in order to help it in its fight against oppression and terrorism.

The nature of this support varies from country to country. France is providing civilian and non-lethal assistance. This assistance is aimed at helping the moderate opposition to protect the population from attacks by the regime and terrorists and at providing basic public services in the liberated areas.

 

Afghanistan – Provisional results of the second round of the presidential election (July 7, 2014)

While the final results of the presidential election are expected to be published on July 22, the relevant Afghan institutions must conduct their investigations into the alleged fraud.

Respect for the electoral institutions and the rejection of any kind of fraud are key to ensuring the election’s legitimacy.

At this key time for the future of Afghanistan, we call on the candidates and their supporters to exercise restraint in their statements and their acts.