Macron: Talk with Iran, Rus­sia, Tur­key part of so­lu­tion to Syria cri­sis

Tehran Times - - POLITICS -

French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron has said Paris con­sid­ers a di­a­logue with Rus­sia, Tur­key, and Iran on Syria a nec­es­sary part of any set­tle­ment to the cri­sis in the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to Sut­nik News, Macron claimed on Sun­day that the mis­sile at­tack against Syria was “le­git­i­mate” and con­ducted within the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity frame­work.

“I have said from the very be­gin­ning that in or­der to reach a sus­tain­able so­lu­tion on Syria it is nec­es­sary to talk to Iran, Rus­sia and Tur­key. It is nec­es­sary to be en­gaged in di­a­logue with Iran, be­cause of its pres­ence in Syria.”

Macron also claimed that the mil­i­tary strike against Syria which France was part of it was suc­cess­ful.

Ac­cord­ing to the Rus­sian mil­i­tary, on Satur­day the U.S., UK, and France fired over 100 cruise and air-to-sur­face mis­siles, most of which were shot down by the Syr­ian air de­fense.

Syr­ian au­thor­i­ties have re­peat­edly said they had pre­vi­ously de­stroyed all chem­i­cal weapons stock­piles.

Rus­sia slammed the U.S.-led airstrikes as an act of ag­gres­sion against a sovereign state, and Pres­i­dent Putin said that the at­tack was con­ducted in vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law.

In the mean­time, Macron con­firmed that he would visit Rus­sia in May.

“It is nec­es­sary to be en­gaged in di­a­logue with Iran be­cause of its pres­ence in Syria” to set­tle the con­flict, the French pres­i­dent says.

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