News ID: 214656
Published: 0228 GMT May 07, 2018

Ambassador: France no longer insists on Assad’s resignation

Ambassador: France no longer insists on Assad’s resignation
French ambassador to Russia Sylvie Bermann

Paris no longer insists on resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a precondition for settling the conflict in the country, French ambassador to Russia said.

"We will not decide for the Syrian people but Bashar Assad’s unconditioned resignation is out of the question," Sylvie Bermann said in an interview with the Russian daily Kommersant posted on its website on Sunday, TASS reported.

She, however, added that France is against the situation when control over territories liberated from terrorists and opposition militants is simply taken by Damascus.

She stressed that Syria’s future is a matter of dialogue between the country’s political forces.

"The idea that was worded at the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi and approved by the United Nations envoy for Syria provided for the establishment of a constitutional committee that would tackle issues of Syria’s new Constitution," she said.

When asked about French goals in Syria, Bermann said that "first of all, it is fight against terrorism," adding that in this regards France is in solidarity with Russia. The second main problem is the issue of refugees.

France's priorities in Syria include the provision of humanitarian assistance, search for a political solution that would involve all sides of the Syrian conflict, prevention of using chemical weapons and fight against terrorism, according to Bermann.

"We have no fundamental disagreements with Moscow on these issues," the ambassador stressed, Sputnik reported.

Syria has been in war for since 2011. The government forces are fighting against terrorists. A number of countries and the international organizations, including the United Nations, have been providing humanitarian aid to the crisis-torn nation.

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