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MACRON: ANY FRENCH STRIKES WILL TARGET ASSAD’S CHEMICAL WEAPONS STOCKS
April 10, 2018
French President Emmanuel Macron says any French strikes on Syria would “target chemical weapons” stocks allegedly belonging to the Syrian government.
On April 10, Macron said he supports a “strong and joint response” to the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7, which the US and its allies blamed on the Assad government.
The French president added that the final decision on possible Syria strikes will be made in the coming days in coordination with the US and the UK.
“Our decision will not target allies of the regime or attack anyone but rather attack the regime’s chemical capabilities,” he said, insisting he did “not want an escalation”.
Macron also claimed that that the use of chemical weapons is a “red line” for France. Unfortunately, he forgot to show at least some proofs that the Assad government had been behind the alleged incident. [SNARK ALERT] Maybe because no investigation was conducted by the US and its allies.
France's Macron and Saudi Prince Discuss Response to Syria
BY SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press
April 10, 2018, at 6:33 p.m.
The Associated Press via US News & World Report
PARIS (AP) — Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia joined French President Emmanuel Macron in expressing concerns Tuesday over the worsening conflicts in Yemen, Iran and especially Syria.
Macron said France would decide in coming days on "a strong and joint response" with the United States and Britain to the suspected use of a poison gas that Syrian activists and rescues said killed 40 people near Damascus.
Prince Mohammed, wrapping up his first official visit to France, said during a joint news conference with the French leader that Saudi Arabia would support a military operation in Syria.
"If required by our alliance with our partners, we will be there," he said, according to the French translation of his remarks spoken in Arabic.
Macron, 40, France's youngest leader since Napoleon, and the 32-year-old Saudi prince who goes by MBS, met privately earlier Tuesday to discuss defense, security and economic issues.
They signed a cooperation agreement on research and tourism at the Mada'in Saleh archaeological site in northwest Saudi Arabia. Macron plans to visit the kingdom, which will be represented at the Cannes Film Festival for the first time next month, at the end of the year.
Saudi national company Aramco and French oil giant Total announced a deal Tuesday to build a petrochemical complex in Jubail in Saudi Arabia. In total, $9 billion will be invested, the companies said.
Macron hosted a gala send-off dinner for the crown prince at the presidential Elysee palace. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who was in Paris, attended.
Associated Press writers Angela Charlton and Philippe Sotto contributed to this report.