Potential Pullout of French Troops From Syria Under Discussion - Envoy in Russia

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The potential withdrawal of French troops from Syria is currently under discussion, French Ambassador in Russia Sylvie Bermann told Sputnik.


"This issue is currently being discussed," the ambassador said, when asked if France would stay in Syria.

US President Donald Trump announced in mid-December that the US troops would withdraw from Syria.

"Yes, like everyone, we were surprised when the United States said it was withdrawing its troops from Syria. From that moment on, we have been in constant contact with the US leadership, but France has also assumed certain responsibilities as part of the coalition. What we find somewhat reassuring is that this is about a gradual, planned troop pullout," the ambassador added.

In January, French President Emmanuel Macron said that France would continue being militarily engaged in the Middle East in the international coalition throughout 2019 as, according to the president, the battle against Daesh* was not over. The statement came a day after a suicide bombing claimed by Daesh militants killed at least 16 people, including two US service members.

 



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Potential Pullout of French Troops From Syria Under Discussion - Envoy in Russia

2019/02/1549965578.jpg
Read: 759     14:30     12 February 2019    

The potential withdrawal of French troops from Syria is currently under discussion, French Ambassador in Russia Sylvie Bermann told Sputnik.


"This issue is currently being discussed," the ambassador said, when asked if France would stay in Syria.

US President Donald Trump announced in mid-December that the US troops would withdraw from Syria.

"Yes, like everyone, we were surprised when the United States said it was withdrawing its troops from Syria. From that moment on, we have been in constant contact with the US leadership, but France has also assumed certain responsibilities as part of the coalition. What we find somewhat reassuring is that this is about a gradual, planned troop pullout," the ambassador added.

In January, French President Emmanuel Macron said that France would continue being militarily engaged in the Middle East in the international coalition throughout 2019 as, according to the president, the battle against Daesh* was not over. The statement came a day after a suicide bombing claimed by Daesh militants killed at least 16 people, including two US service members.

 



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