France's Macron Urges US, Allies to Stay in Syria Even After Daesh Defeat
16:22 22.04.2018(updated 17:46 22.04.2018)
On April 14, the United Kingdom, the United States and France launched strikes at Syria over alleged reports of a chemical attack in the city of Douma, with the three countries firing over 100 missiles at the country.
French President Emmanuel Macron in an interview with Fox News said that the US, France and allies must remain in Syria after defeating the Daesh* terror group to build "new Syria".
Macron previously stated that it was he who persuaded US President Donald Trump not to leave Syria. Trump before said that the US can leave Syria "very soon", and "others will take care of" the situation.
"Even after the end of the war against Daesh, the US, France and our allies, all countries in the region, even Russia and Turkey, will play an important role in creating a new Syria. But to determine the future, of course, will be the Syrian people," he added.
According to Macron, leaving Syria will also allow Iran to consolidate there.
"We will have to build a new Syria after war and that is why I think the US role is very important… The day we will finish this war against the Daesh, if we leave definitely and totally even from the political point of view," Macron said.
Emmanuel Macron believes that if France and allies leave Syria, they will leave the floor to the Iran, Bashar Assad and others, who will prepare the new war and fuel the new terrorists.
Earlier, French right-wing National Front party leader Marine Le Pen said that French involvement in the Western military strikes on Syria deprived Paris of an opportunity to play the role of an independent actor at the international arena.
France, along with the United States and the United Kingdom, launched strikes on a number of targets in Syria in response to the alleged chemical attack in the Damascus' suburb of Douma.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, a total of 103 cruise missiles were launched by the United States and its allies, 71 of which were intercepted by Syria's air defense systems. Russia called on the OPCW to launch an investigation into the reported chemical attack.
Syria's President Bashar Assad has slammed the attack as an act of "aggression," while Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the airstrikes "violated the norms of international law, including the UN Charter and caused major damage to the process of peacefully settling the Syrian crisis.
*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia
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