Paris (AFP) – Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump spoke on the phone Thursday night to coordinate their position ahead of the Turkey-Russia-France-Germany summit about Syria in Istanbul on Saturday, the Elysee said.
“The President of the Republic presented the stakes of this meeting which aims to sustain the ceasefire in the region of Idlib and deepen the discussions on the political process of settlement of the conflict in Syria,” said the presidency in a statement.
“The United States and France share the same security, humanitarian and political objectives in Syria and the US President asked the President of the Republic to bring this common position at the Istanbul summit”, according to the Elysee.
France, despite “modest” expectations, hopes at this summit advances in security and the political process in Syria, said an Elyos source.
Paris wants the ceasefire to be extended to Idlib and guaranteed access for humanitarian convoys, at least six of which are currently blocked in Damascus by the regime, according to the source.
Paris also wants to advance on the establishment of a constitutional committee, composed for a third of representatives of the regime, for a third of representatives of the opposition and for a third of independent.
“We hope that on Saturday there will be a clear decision by the four leaders to say that this committee must be acted out by the UN in its composition and can hold its first meeting in Geneva in the coming weeks, by the end of the year, “says the Elysee.
“We want the international community to make maximum pressure for the Damascus regime to finally agree to engage in this political process,” the source said.