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Convinced Trump to remain in Syria: Macron

IANS  |  Paris 

French said that he "convinced" his American counterpart to remain in before the coordinated strikes launched against targeted Syrian sites in response to an alleged chemical attack, the media reported.

"Ten days ago, Trump said the US's will is to disengage from We convinced him that it was necessary to stay," quoted Macron as saying on Sunday during a two-hour televised interview with several French

On Friday night, the US, and the UK launched a series of strikes on a research laboratory and two storage facilities associated with Syria's programme.

of the facilities, located west of and near the capital Damascus, before and after the strikes appear to show they suffered extensive damage.

also convinced Trump that the strikes had to be limited to suspected sites, Macron added.

Prior to the strikes, there had been reports that Trump wanted to see tougher, more extended action in but was talked down by his national security team.

The strike was fiercely condemned by Syria's main ally Russia, who attempted to bring a motion in the on Saturday to denounce the "aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic by the US and its allies".

During Sunday's interview, Macron said Russian was an "accomplice" to Syria's alleged use of

"They have not used chlorine themselves, but they have methodically contributed to the international community's powerlessness to prevent the use of by diplomatic means," quoted the French leader as saying.

The French President said his country had not declared war on Syria, calling the strikes a "reprisal" for violations of the treaty banning the use of chemical weapons.

"There has been repeated and proven violations of the treaty," he said.

Friday night's strikes were a response to the on civilians in Douma, outside Damascus, on April 7 where over 70 people including children were killed.

Inspectors for the (OPCW) were due to go to Douma on Sunday after arriving in Syria shortly after Saturday's strikes, and are yet to report on any findings.

The US and its allies have been criticized for acting before inspectors had a chance to examine the site.

Politicians in and the UK on Monday will seek answers from the countries' leaders about their decision to launch strikes without formal approval.

Protests against the strikes were held around the world Saturday, including in major cities in the UK, Mexico, and the US.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 13:14 IST
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