Macron tells Putin he wants to 'intensify' Syria dialogue

Saul Bowman
April 24, 2018

The President of France Emmanuel macron said that the regime of Bashar Assad responsible for the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Eastern ghouta.

"Since the first reports of alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma, Syrian Arab Republic, were issued", the OPCW said in a statement, "[we have] been gathering information from all available sources and analyzing it".

"France will not allow any escalation that could harm stability in the region... regimes that think they can do everything they want, including the worst things that violate global law, cannot be allowed to act", Mr Macron said.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg later expressed support for the strikes by its three member states, saying that they "will reduce the regime's ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons".

"We have proof that last week chemical weapons, at least chlorine, were used by the regime of Bashar al-Assad", he said in a TV interview.

Macron added that he was in daily contact with US President Donald Trump and that they would decide on their response "at a time of our choosing, when we judge it to be the most useful and the most effective".


On Tuesday, Mr Macron said any French action would target Syria's chemical weapons abilities.

French President Emmanuel Macron said his "red line" had been crossed by the Syrian regime as he launched airstrikes on the country alongside the U.S. and United Kingdom today.

Mr Macron, who tweeted a picture of himself in a meeting room with military and diplomatic advisers, said a debate about France's military involvement would take place in Parliament.

Meanwhile, Trump has softened his rhetoric against Russian Federation and Syria, seeming to indicate in a tweet Thursday morning that an attack on Assad's regime was not imminent.

The Syrian government has denied the allegations. It also said Syrian air defenses had responded to the US-British-French attack.

Stoltenberg said in a statement that Syria's use of chemical weapons was "a clear breach of worldwide norms and agreements".

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