France aims at bringing peace to Syria together with Russia


November 13th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– – – translated by Samer Hussein –

PARIS, France. A French official said that his country’s proposal to establish a contact group on Syria aims to support the negotiations of the warring Syrian parties in Geneva, pointing out Paris’s readiness to work with Moscow on the issue. 

“President Emmanuel Macron spoke about the possibility of establishing a contact group on the Syrian issue at the level of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. With our efforts, we wish to support and accelerate the Geneva peace process in the first place”, French government’s special envoy for relations with Russia Jean-Pierre Chevenement said.

He also said that Emmanuel Macron already introduced this proposal to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin who “did not reject it”, meaning the two leaders will likely proceed working in this direction.

Regarding Moscow’s initiative to hold the Syrian national dialogue conference, Chevenement emphasized France’s support for the unity of the Syrian people and territorial integrity of Syria.

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The French official said that Macron sent a letter to Putin, aimed at strengthening cooperation on the Syrian issue, while refusing to give any details to public.

“The French president’s message to his Russian counterpart is considered a highly confident matter due to sensitivity of the subject it deals with”, Chevenement said. 

Last month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow wants clarification from Paris as regards its initiative to establish a contact group on Syria.

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