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

22:51  15 april  2018
22:51  15 april  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Macron says France will decide whether to strike Syria

  Macron says France will decide whether to strike Syria France has proof the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack last week and will decide whether to strike back, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday. "Our teams have been working on this all week and we will need to take decisions in due course, when we judge it most useful and effective," Macron told broadcaster TF1 when asked whether a red line had been crossed.Macron said Paris had established that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons, including chlorine, on April 7 in the town of Douma. He did not provide any details on the evidence or how it was acquired.

PARIS (Reuters) – 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.

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said he had convinced U. S . President Donald Trump to keep troops in Syria for the “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 .

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)

Trump says US wants 'lasting' footprint in Syria .
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to dial back a promise to withdraw US troops from Syria immediately, saying it was important to not allow Iranian influence to grow in the country. Stating that troops would be coming home soon, Trump nonetheless said that the United States wanted to "leave a strong and lasting footprint​" in the country."We don't want to give Iran open season to the Mediterranean," Trump told a joint press conference with his visiting French counterpart Emmanuel Macron."We're going to be coming home relatively soon.

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