Macron: France’s fundamental task in Syria is to eradicate terrorism, al-Assad’s departure not necessary condition

Paris, SANA – French President Emmanuel Macron said that his country’s main goal in Syria is to eradicate terrorism and reach political solution to the crisis in it without preconditions.

“We have changed the French doctrine with regard to Syria, our fundamental task now is to eradicate terrorist groups, no matter what they are,” he said at a joint news conference with US President Donald Trump in Paris on Thursday.

“The departure of Assad is no longer a necessary condition for France,” he added.

For his part, Trump said that “By having some communication and dialogue [with Russia] we were able to have a ceasefire and it’s going to go on very well. Frankly, we are working on a second ceasefire in a very rough part of Syria”.

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