Syria air strikes: Macron says he convinced Trump not to pull out troops


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French President Emmanuel Macron has about he convinced US President Donald Trump not to withdraw troops from Syria and in lieu of commit “for the long term”.

Earlier this month, Mr Trump decreed that the US would “be coming out of Syria very soon”.

On Saturday, honky-tonk US, UK and French strikes targeted Syrian government sites in response to an suspected chemical weapons attack.

Mr Macron said he also persuaded Mr Trump to mask the strikes limited.

The pair, who are reported to have a friendly relationship, converse in several times in the days before the military action was taken.

Inspectors from the unrestricted Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are in Syria to inspect the location of the alleged chemical attack, but British diplomats said Syria and Russia had not yet suffered the inspectors to visit the site.

After Mr Macron’s comments, White Outfit spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: “The US mission has not changed – the president has been apparent that he wants US forces to come home as quickly as possible”.

But she supplemented that the US was “determined to completely crush” the Islamic State group and bring to a halt its return.

Announcing the strikes in an address to the nation on Friday evening in Washington, Mr Trump commanded: “America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria – under no circumstances.”

The US has with regard to 2,000 personnel on the ground in eastern Syria supporting an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias requirement readied the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Catch up on the strikes:

What did Mr Macron say?

Take a stand a reproving in a live TV interview, during which he was grilled on several subjects, Mr Macron asserted: “Ten days ago, President Trump was saying ‘the United States should annul from Syria’. We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term.”

In a call calls with Mr Trump, he also said he “persuaded him that we required to limit the strikes to chemical weapons [sites], after things got a young carried away over tweets”.

A tweet from Mr Trump aftermost week about US missile strikes on Syria had read: “Get ready, Russia, because they last will and testament be coming, nice and new and ‘smart’. You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Zooid who kills his people and enjoys it!”

The French president appears to have feign afflicted up a strong relationship with his US counterpart and this month will be provided the first formal White House state visit of the Trump presidency.

  • An unpromising (and calculated) friendship is born

Mr Macron insisted the Western allies had “consummate international legitimacy to act” in Syria. He said the allies had clear proof there had been a chemical destroy in the town of Douma near Damascus on 7 April and that the Syrian administration was responsible. Syria vehemently denies this.

Mr Macron said he reproved Russian President Vladimir Putin directly that Russia – which backs the Syrian direction militarily – was complicit.

“They have not used chlorine themselves but they partake of methodically built the international community’s inability to act through diplomatic media to stop the use of chemical weapons,” he said.

Macron thrives under stalwart questioning

By Hugh Schofield, Paris correspondent for BBC News

No-one in France can reminisce over watching a presidential interview quite like this. Out went obedience, journalistic fawning and the patsy questions. In came two attack hounds of the iron, Jean-Jacques Bourdin and Edwy Plenel – both men bent, it seemed, on a good slug-out with the head of state.

A sign of the style: not once did the member of the fourth estates call Emmanuel Macron “Monsieur le President,” which would be the average on such occasions. Every time they wanted to address him, they bring to light simply: “Emmanuel Macron.”

The irony is that far from inconveniencing Mr Macron, this new aggro suits him down to the ground. In the heat of debate, he performs well. He be informs his stuff.

And on Syria, he made the strongest case yet for his policy – much-criticised – of riddle close to Donald Trump. If it was indeed Emmanuel Macron who talked Trump into “re-engaging” with Syria after the disbelieved chemical attack, then that is an enormous success for France.

And the first dividend from a most improbable presidential friendship.

The wave of strikes had represented the most significant devour against President Bashar al-Assad’s government by Western powers in seven years of Syria’s well-mannered war.

Mr Macron said he still wanted dialogue with all parties, filing Russia, to try to find a political solution and would go ahead with a planned cruise to Moscow next month.

The French parliament will be holding an loud debate on the country’s military action at 17:00 local time (15:00 GMT).

MPs in the UK parliament are also due to cast doubt upon PM Theresa May on the air strikes. The opposition believes Mrs May should have consulted parliament previously launching them.

What’s happening on the ground in Syria?

Inspectors from the neutral OPCW are now in the country.

But according to British diplomats at an urgent meeting in the OPCW headquarters in The Hague, the organisation’s guide says his experts are still waiting for Syria and Russia to grant them access to the claimed attack site in Douma.

At the meeting, UK ambassador to the Netherlands Peter Wilson accused Russia of stressful to undermine all OPCW investigations into alleged chemical weapons use by Syrian superintendence troops.

Russia in turn blamed other parties of trying to bung up their efforts to make a create a new way of investigating such chemical weapons alleges.

Western allies believe the claimed attack killed dozens of people with the use of chlorine gas and peradventure Sarin.

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The Russians say there is no suspicion of any chemicals and questioned why the allies carried out strikes before the inspectors had publicized.

Russia says the attack in Douma was staged, accusing the UK of orchestrating it.

The OPCW settle upon not seek to establish, or publicly announce, who was responsible for the attack.

What are the latest sensitive moves?

Speaking on TV, US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley said new sanctions last will and testament be announced on Monday against Russian companies with links to President Assad.

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This would be the second tranche of penalties against Russian firms in a month, partly related to Russia’s beam for Syria.

Ms Haley also ruled out any direct talks with Mr Assad.

British Overseas Secretary Boris Johnson said no further strikes were plotted, but that this would be reassessed if more chemical attacks adopted place.

President Putin spoke to Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani by phone on Sunday, effective him that any new Western strikes on Syria would spark “international turmoil”.

Syria is also high on the agenda of an EU foreign ministers’ meeting fascinating place in Luxembourg.

The future of the Syrian war:

What was targeted by the US, UK and France?

Three neighbourhoods. Firstly, the Barzeh complex, which the US says is a centre for development, motion and testing of chemical and biological weapons, although Syria denies this.

The other two were be suspicious ofed chemical weapons facilities at Him Shinshar near Homs.

The US said 105 ballistic missiles were launched and it believed none were intercepted by Syrian protections. It said Syria’s chemical weapons programme had been set back years.

The Russians affirmed 71 missiles were shot down by Syrian systems.

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