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Published on June 13, 2013
Statement to the press by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Paris, June 12, 2013

Regarding Syria, I had a meeting yesterday with my American counterpart, John Kerry. The United States is currently considering her overall stance. I don’t know if she’ll decide to lift the embargo, but it’s true that the situation on the ground is deteriorating. The city of Aleppo risks being threatened, and there’s also the proof France provided regarding chemical weapons. Everyone must clearly take that into consideration.

It’s absolutely essential for the possible intervention by Bashar’s troops, the Iranians and Hezbollah against Aleppo to be blocked, because if Aleppo were captured it would have apocalyptic consequences on the whole Middle East. It concerns not just Syria but also Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq; it even, indirectly, concerns Israel./.

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