Thursday, 19 April, 2018


How Macron convinced Trump to strike Syria

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Bennie Garza | 17 April, 2018, 06:20

"It was the global community that intervened (in Syria)", French President Emmanuel Macron told journalists during a televised interview on Sunday.

'We convinced him it was necessary to stay, ' he added.

The French leader claimed that he was responsible for convincing Donald Trump to "stay" in Syria.

However, Mr Macron was keen to emphasise that "we have not declared war on the regime of Bashar al-Assad" following the strike.

It is understood the French leader spoke with Vladimir Putin just hours before the strike.

The French leader, described as centrist and pro-free-market, is set to make a state visit to the US next week and is scheduled to travel to Russian Federation next month.

Macron defended the air strikes France, the United Kingdom, and USA carried out in Syria early Saturday in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack by the regime of Bashar al-Assad on a Damascus suburb last week.

Macron said that failing so far to get the red lines respected had led Russian authorities to think of Western powers that "these people from the worldwide community - they are nice, they are weak".

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he was ready to talk to all, including Russian Federation and Iran, to pave the way for inclusive political transition in the war-torn Syria. According to Damascus, which has repeatedly said it had eliminated its chemical weapons stockpiles, the attack damaged Syrian infrastructure and left three civilians injured.

He continued: "Their chemical weapons production capacities have been destroyed".

Defending France's participation in the joint air strikes targeting Syrian government's chemical capabilities, the 40-year-old head of state called the operation "a legitimate retaliatory act" after evidence proved that chemical gas attack was used in Douma on April 7 and which "could be attributed to" the Syrian government.

As for his allies, Macron suggested France played a pivotal role in changing Trump's mind on the need to stay involved in the conflict. "We have three members of the (United Nations) Security Council who have intervened".

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.

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