France's Macron Says He Persuaded Trump to Keep Troops in Syria

France's Macron Says He Persuaded Trump to Keep Troops in Syria

France's Macron Says He Persuaded Trump to Keep Troops in Syria

The 40-year-old leader said the U.S., Britain and France had "full global legitimacy to intervene" in order to enforce worldwide humanitarian law.

The French president nevertheless said he wanted to engage in dialogue with all parties, including Moscow, in order to find a political solution for Syria.

On Saturday, France in coordination with the USA and the United Kingdom conducted a series of military strikes against the regime of Bashar al-Assad after it accused the latter of being responsible for the chemical weapons attack on Douma, Eastern Ghouta on April 7th.

French President Emmanuel Macron defended his decision to join the operation in a statement shortly after the strike was launched late Friday, stressing that France's participation was limited to "the capabilities of the Syrian regime for the production and use of chemical weapons".

He said the military operation in Syria was legitimate and within the worldwide community framework, and was not a declaration of war.

On Thursday, sitting in a primary school in Normandy where he was giving his first TV interview in months, Macron said France now had proof the Syrian government had been involved.

The strikes followed a suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, outside Damascus, where Syrian forces have always been battling rebels.

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Her statement suggests USA troops in Syria are not going anywhere, despite the president's assurances earlier this month that US troops will be leaving Syria "very soon".

"Please be reassured we've convinced him that we had to stay on in the long-term", Macron said.

He added that he told Putin that Russian Federation was complicit in the use of chemical weapons by Syria's Assad.

The U.S. -led operation won broad Western support. "The Turks condemned the chemical weapons".

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

"Chlorine was definitely used", he said. "This is not about intervening in a civil war". Macron invited Trump to Bastille day celebrations past year and will travel to Washington on a state visit this month. "With those strikes, we have separated the Russians and the Turks on this". "We also persuaded him that we needed to limit the strikes to chemical weapons [sites], after things got a little carried away over tweets", he said. In fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned.

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