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France is still seeking a United Nations Security Council resolution on Syria, the country’s foreign minister said on Thursday, adding that diplomatic negotiations were a priority over possible military action.
“France is still seeking to talk with its partners on the Security Council, especially the permanent members, and Russia in particular,” Jean-Marc Ayrault told CNews television. Asked whether France could join any possible U.S. military action on Syria, following widespread condemnation of a suspected Syrian government poison gas attack on civilians this week, Ayrault replied that France’s priority remained seeking a diplomatic resolution to the conflict. “The first stage is to get a resolution vote and above all to re-start peace negotiations in Geneva. It is not to go in ourselves, under the pretext that the U.S. President may have a rush of blood to the head, and get onto a war footing,” said Ayrault.
2017.04.06 / 11:48