For France's Macron, Syria red lines were credibility test

For France's Macron, Syria red lines were credibility test

For France's Macron, Syria red lines were credibility test

"The president of the Republic said he wanted the dialogue between France and Russian Federation to continue and intensify in order to bring peace and stability to Syria", Macron's office said after the call, which came as the West ponders possible strikes on Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack.

According to Damascus, which has repeatedly said it had eliminated its chemical weapons stockpiles, the attack damaged Syrian infrastructure and left three civilians injured.

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

French president Emmanuel Macron has clarified comments that he "convinced" his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump to maintain a United States military presence in Syria - a remark which prompted a rebuttal from the White House.

European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "The worldwide community has the responsibility to identify and hold accountable those responsible of any attack with chemical weapons".

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"We convinced him it was necessary to stay".

"Ten days ago, President Trump wanted to withdraw from Syria".

Shortly after the interview aired, the White House said the United States mission in Syria "has not changed".

"France will in no way allow an escalation or anything that would harm regional stability, but we cannot allow regimes that believe they can act with impunity to violate global law in the worst possible way".

"We are determined to completely crush ISIS and create the conditions that will prevent its return".

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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".

It comes after Putin warned there would be "consequences" for the strikes, which targeted chemical weapons facilities.

He also claimed France was the most active country in the diplomatic arena and at the United Nations, and said his country wanted to include Western powers, Russian Federation and Turkey in a new diplomatic initiative to find a sustainable political solution in Syria.

Macron invited Trump to assist to Bastille day celebrations past year and will travel to Washington on a state visit later this month. "We have three members of the (United Nations) Security Council who have intervened".

"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.

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Haley said the joint military strike "put a heavy blow into their chemical weapons program, setting them back years" and reiterated that if Assad uses poison gas again, "the United States is locked and loaded".

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