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French Foreign Minister says Assad has won the war
[ALMASDARNEWS] Speaking on France-Inter radio on Sunday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won the country’s civil war but will not “win the peace” without a political solution aided by international mediators.

“Assad won the war, we have to state this. But he hasn’t won the peace,” Le Drian announced.

According to the minister, the West would retaliate if chemical weapons are used against civilians in the looming battle in the province of Idlib.

He further claimed that even if the government’s forces managed to retake Idlib – the last terrorist stronghold – it would not solve the problems that triggered the war seven years ago.

Le Drian also added that France will use this month’s UN General Assembly to push for a peaceful solution in Syria, and is currently involved in negotiations with the guarantors of peace in the region – Russia, Turkey and Iran – to push them to use their clout with Assad to make political talks happen after the war is over.


Posted by: Fred 2018-09-03
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