Ready for talk to bring peace back to Syria: Macron

Elias Hubbard
April 17, 2018

And in a reference to Trump's raging on Twitter at Russian Federation over the possibility of strikes, Macron added: "The second thing is that we have also convinced him that he must limit his strikes to chemical weapons, at a time when there was a media furore via tweet, as I'm sure you noticed". "We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term".

The U.S., France and the United Kingdom launched the airstrikes early Saturday in a joint operation, saying it was in response to the deadly chemical attack on Syrian civilians - an attack they linked to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Pointing to the overnight strike, another advisor to Macron said: "This is proof today that the political line he drew at the start of his mandate was meant to be respected". "We also persuaded him that we needed to limit the strikes to chemical weapons after things got a little carried away over tweets", he added.

'Their chemical weapons production capacities have been destroyed, ' Macron told BFM television at the start of a two-hour interview marking nearly a year since the start of his presidency. The Syrian leadership denied any involvement in the attack and invited the experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate the reports.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said in London that the West had tried "every possible" diplomatic means to stop Assad from using chemical weapons.

Macron spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin hours before the Western missile strikes.

"Of course they are complicit".

Haley said the three US goals for accomplishing its mission have been making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm USA national interests, defeating the Islamic State terror group and having a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that France wants to launch a diplomatic initiative over Syria that would include Turkey, Russia and Western powers.

Macron said his scheduled trip to Moscow next month would be maintained despite divergence on the Syrian crisis.

Trump said the US was prepared to keep up the economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until he ends what Trump called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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