Riyad Hijab, former Prime Minister of Syria, met in Berlin with Members of the German Bundestag, representatives of government agencies as well as selected experts. Hijab emphasized that the fighting in Syria may go on for years and underlined that the increased presence of al-Qaeda and Shiite militia in Syria would seriously worsen the situation on the ground. He voiced deep concerns about the Geneva-II Conference considering that not even the commitments of the Geneva-I Conference have yet been met.
Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.