France no longer insists on the resignation of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. As reported by RIA Novosti, said the President of the French Republic Emmanuel macron at a press conference in Paris after meeting with U.S. President Donald trump.
“We changed the French doctrine in relation to Syria. Our fundamental objective is to eradicate the terrorist groups, whatever they were,” said macron.
He said that “Assad’s departure is no longer a necessary condition for France”.
Macron added that proposed by France and the United States contact group that will develop a road map for the future of Syria after the conflict must be permanent members of the UN security Council. The French leader agreed that participation in negotiations should be the representative of Assad.
“We share the wish that in the contact group consisted of the permanent members of the security Council, stakeholders from the region. And, obviously, these negotiations will involve the representative Bashar al-Assad. This will allow us to create a road map for post-war future”, — said the President of France.
The previous administration of French President Francois Hollande insisted on Assad’s departure.
Earlier it was reported that U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said during a recent meeting with the UN Secretary-General antónio Guterres that Assad’s fate is in the hands of Russia. Officially, state Department spokesman declined to comment on the contents of a private conversation between two politicians. However, he reiterated the US commitment to the political process, “which can determine the future of Syria”. “Ultimately this process, in our opinion, will lead to the resolution of the status of the Assad regime,” the diplomat said.
The situation in Syria was discussed at a meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald trump held July 7 at the G20 summit. The conversation lasted more than two hours. Earlier, July 8, trump called the meeting with Putin is wonderful.