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France deeply concerned about Aleppo, urges "Friends of Syria" meeting

PARIS, Nov 28 (KUNA) -- France on Monday said it was extremely concerned about the plight of civilians in the embattled city of Aleppo and urged a meeting of the "Friends of Syria" group in the French capital early next month.
"France is deeply concerned by the violence in Aleppo following the massive offensive by the regime and its backers," a Foreign Ministry statement said.
"In the past hours, this violence has cost the lives of many civilians and forced thousands of inhabitants of this city to flee," it added.
France stressed that it was for this reason that Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has called for "a ministerial meeting" of the Syria "friendship group of States" at the beginning of December.
Paris also said that it was currently holding talks here with Aleppo City Council President Brita Hagi Hassan to discuss Aleppo and "the dramatic humanitarian situation" in the city.
Hassan is on a visit to Paris and will be received by senior officials at the French Foreign Ministry during his visit, it was indicated. (end) jk.mt