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France aims to relaunch Syria peace process after 'legitimate' strikes

AFP  |  Paris 

wants to start working "right now" on resuming the political process aimed at ending the conflict in Syria, officials said today after Western powers carried out what it called "legitimate" strikes against the regime of

"A plan for ending the crisis must be found, with a We are ready to start working right now with all countries who want to participate," said at a press conference.

Speaking alongside Florence Parly, he said the strikes carried out overnight by France, Britain and the US were "legitimate" in retaliation for the suspected attack in the rebel-held Syrian enclave of Douma last week.

"A in is not acceptable," Le Drian said, calling the strikes "proportional and targeted".

Parly said the Western powers targeted "the main research centre" and two production sites of "a clandestine chemical programme" operated by the

"We've hit their capacity to develop, perfect and produce chemical weapons," Parly said.

"The goal is simple: stop the regime from using again," she said.

provided warships in the as well as sending in fighter jets stationed at bases in

"These carried out coordinated cruise missile strikes... in tight coordination with our American and British allies," Parly said.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 15:25 IST