World France's Macron says persuaded Trump to maintain troops in Syria

22:51  15 april  2018
22:51  15 april  2018 Source:   Reuters

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said he had convinced U.S. President Donald Trump to maintain troops in Syria , as he defended France ' s participation in joint airstrikes. In telephone calls before the Saturday airstrikes, Macron said he had persuaded Trump not to pull out of Syria .

Trump ’ s promises must be considered against the background of his recently stated intention to withdraw U. S . troops from Syria as soon as possible. Macron has also rebuked the sweeping Syria policy he inherited. Since the beginning of the uprising against Assad, France has maintained , under

A Syrian firefighter is seen inside the destroyed Scientific Research Centre in Damascus, Syria April 14, 2018. © REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki A Syrian firefighter is seen inside the destroyed Scientific Research Centre in Damascus, Syria April 14, 2018.

PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said he had convinced U.S. President Donald Trump to maintain troops in Syria, as he defended France's participation in joint air strikes.

In telephone calls before the Saturday airstrikes, Macron said he had persuaded Trump not to pull out of Syria. "We convinced him it was necessary to remain there," he said.

"We have complete international legitimacy to act in this framework," Macron said in an interview broadcast by BFM TV, RMC radio and Mediapart online news. "We have three members of the (United Nations) Security Council who have intervened."

(Reporting by Laurence Frost and Michel Rose Editing by Ingrid Melander)

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