The French President had a meeting with the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.
The meeting was an opportunity to take stock of the latest developments in the Syria crisis and to coordinate the positions of France and its three important partners on the next steps.
The President and his interlocutors recalled the necessity of remaining firm towards Bashar al-Assad’s regime, in order to deter him from resorting to chemical weapons again and get him to embark on negotiations with a view to a political solution to the Syria crisis.
In this respect, they agreed on the need to step up international support for the democratic opposition to allow it to cope with attacks from the regime, whose obstinacy is playing into the hands of the extremist movements and threatening regional and international security. They highlighted their joint commitment to a united, free Syria in which the security and rights of every community will be respected./.