March 23, 2011 / 12:43 PM / 9 years ago

France urges Syria to make immediate political reforms

Youths walk near a portrait of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, at a square in Deraa city, March 21, 2011. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri

PARIS (Reuters) - France urged Syria on Wednesday to carry out political reforms without delay and respect its commitments to human rights.

“France calls on Syria to follow its international commitments to human rights, to which it has signed up especially with regard to freedom of expression and opinion,” foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said in a daily briefing to reporters.

“Political reforms must be put in place without delay to meet the aspirations of the Syrian people,” he said.

Reporting by John Irish

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