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Syria: ICRC president to visit Damascus

19-06-2011 News Release 11/134

Geneva (ICRC) – Jakob Kellenberger, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), will arrive in Damascus tonight for a two-day visit during which he will hold talks with the Syrian prime minister, Adel Safar, and the Syrian minister of foreign affairs and expatriates, Walid Muallem.

Talks will focus on the humanitarian situation in Syria and on the role the ICRC is ready to play in order to assist people affected by the ongoing violence.
The ICRC president is also to meet the state minister for Red Crescent affairs, as well as the president and senior officials of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

For more information, please contact:
Hicham Hassan, ICRC Geneva: tel: +41 22 730 25 41 or +41 79 536 92 57
Saleh Dabbakeh, ICRC Damascus: tel: +963 993 700 847