Official speeches and statements - May 11, 2016
1. Syria - Group of like-minded countries - Statements to the press by M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, with his American counterpart, Mr John Kerry (Paris, 2016-05-09)
I’m very happy to be hosting John Kerry this evening for this friendly working dinner, during which we’ll have a lot of subjects to discuss, including the one my American counterpart has just mentioned.
I believe this meeting of the «like-minded» countries, dedicated to Syria, was very positive and very useful, and we were helped by John Kerry’s work. The effort was undertaken with Russia—which, with the United States, co-chairs the International Syria Support Group (ISSG)—with a view to arriving at a declaration so that the ceasefire actually resumes on the ground and humanitarian aid can reach the stricken population.
The political process must also resume, and that’s the aim of the negotiation process. It’s in this framework that we must understand Mr Riad Hijab’s participation in our meeting in Paris this afternoon. It’s one more meeting, but each new meeting moves us forward towards the goal of peace.