In Paris on July 6, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton attended the third meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People. At that meeting, Secretary Clinton consulted with her colleagues on steps to increase pressure on the Assad regime and to support UN-Arab League Special Envoy Kofi Annan's efforts to end the violence and facilitate a political transition to a post-Assad Syria. In a press availability following the meeting, Secretary Clinton said:
"Today the international community sent a clear and unified message: The violence in Syria must stop, a democratic transition must start, and Assad must go. Last week in Geneva, all five permanent members of the UN Security Council and other key players agreed to Kofi Annan's plan that Assad transfer full executive authority to a transitional governing body that is broadly inclusive and chosen by mutual consent, which means the opposition has a veto on its membership. Here in Paris, more than one hundred nations and organizations endorsed that plan and dispelled any doubt about Assad's role in a transition. He has none."
While in France, Secretary Clinton consulted with French leaders regarding next steps on Syria as well as on a number of other key areas of global concern. As part of her ongoing consultations with senior Palestinian and Israeli leaders, the Secretary also met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss both parties' efforts to pursue a dialogue and build on President Abbas' exchange of letters with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Secretary Clinton is on travel to France, Afghanistan, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Egypt, and Israel. You can follow her trip on www.state.gov.