France persuaded Trump to strike in Syria, says Macron

France persuaded Trump to strike in Syria, says Macron

France persuaded Trump to strike in Syria, says Macron

"We convinced him to remain", he said.

The White House reacted Sunday night to France's claim that it "convinced" President Donald Trump to maintain the USA military presence in Syria, shortly after the two allies took part in airstrikes against the Assad regime.

"Ten days ago president Trump wanted the United States of America to withdraw from Syria".

She added that Washington was "determined to completely crush" the Islamic State group in the country "and create the conditions that will prevent its return". "In addition we expect our regional allies and partners to take greater responsibility both militarily and financially for securing the region".

On Saturday, France in coordination with the US 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.

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"We have not declared war on the regime of Bashar al-Assad", Macron said in the interview.

"They have not used chlorine themselves but they have methodically built the global community's inability to act through diplomatic channels to stop the use of chemical weapons", he said of Russian Federation.

The statement came hours after French President Emmanuel Macron asserted that Paris had convinced Trump to stay engaged in Syria "for the long-term".

But, he repeated that he wanted to also avoid "an escalation".

"So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", May said. The Western states have accused forces of Assad of an attack with the use of chemical weapons in Duma.

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The French leader accused Russian Federation of "systematically building" the worldwide community's inability to implement 2013 deal on Syria's chemical weapons and said Moscow is an "accomplice" of Syrian regime.

The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity.

At a meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), UK representative Peter Wilson said: "Russia has argued that the attack on Douma was somehow staged, or faked. I am not saying that the attacks ... solved all problems but compared to the alternative to do nothing, this was the right thing to do".

Macron, who had made the use of chemical weapons a "red line" not to be crossed, bemoaned Russia's use this week of its veto to block a UN Security Council resolution on setting up an investigation into the attack that would name those responsible.

"We cannot tolerate the trivialization of the use of chemical weapons, which is an immediate danger for the Syrian people and for our collective security", Macron added.

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France's participation in the US-led military operation in Syria sparked fierce debate at home on Saturday.

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