Peparture of President Bashar al-Assad no longer priority in Syria: Macron

Vastavam web: France no longer sees the departure of President Bashar al-Assad as a priority in the Syrian conflict, President Emmanuel Macron said today, making the policy official for the first time.The new French leader said instead that fighting jihadists such as the Islamic State group had to be the international community’s number one goal in a conflict that grew out of protests against the Syrian president in 2011 but has since become increasingly complex and multifaceted.”Because no one has introduced me to his legitimate successor,” said the French president, who took office last month.

My line is clear: one, a total fight against terrorist groups. They are our enemies We need the cooperation of everyone to eradicate them, particularly Russia. Two: stability in Syria, because I don’t want a failed state.”But he repeated his warning that the use of chemical weapons and the violation of humanitarian corridors set up to deliver aid to desperate Syrian civilians were “red lines” and that France would be willing to act alone in response.