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French sources to Al Sharq Al Awsat: Kerry asked Fabius to set the stage for a tripartite meeting on Syria

April 04, 2013

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Official French sources told Al Sharq Al Awsat that the U.S Secretary of State John Kerry asked his French counterpart Laurent Fabius to set the stage for a tripartite meeting in London on the sidelines of the G8 foreign ministers summit, provided that it would be attended by the head of the Syrian National Coalition Ahmad Moaz Al Khatib and the Free Syrian Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Salim Idris.

The tripartite meeting, which would gather the foreign ministers of the U.S, France and Britain, is set to discuss four main points: the newly-formed transitional government headed by Ghassan Hitto, the Arab League's Doha summit, the assurances that must be sought from the Syrian opposition ahead of the supply of sophisticated weapons, and the stance that must be taken regarding Al Nusra Front which is labeled as a terrorist group by the U.S.

The French sources told Al Sharq Al Awsat that the 19 locations of chemical weapons in Syria are under permanent surveillance by Washington, Israel and Western countries. Given that the monitoring of these locations requires am intensive military mobilization which is currently impossible, the tripartite meeting is likely to seek a "serious committement" from the Syrian opposition to prevent the transfer of these weapons to jihadist groups once it manages to take over them.

 

 

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