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ASSAD’S EXIT NO LONGER PREREQUISITE FOR POLITICAL SOLUTION IN SYRIA – MACRON

French President, Emmanuel Macron said, ousting Syrian President Al-Assad is no longer a condition for France to reach a political solution to Syria's crisis, that entered its seventh year.

Speaking at a joint news conference with visiting US President, Donald Trump, Macron said, they agreed to work together in Syria and Iraq, and to form a contact group, to set up a UN road map for the post-war period in Syria.

He added, France has shifted its priorities from ousting al-Assad to defeating terrorism and seeking political stability at home.

The two sides agreed on reaching necessarily a political solution to the crisis, in addition to reaching a comprehensive ceasefire, he said.

Meanwhile, Trump confirmed his country's keenness to reach a comprehensive ceasefire in Syria, referring to the support of the Iraqi government, so as to keep victory over the Daesh. He considered that the ceasefire consolidated in southern Syria showed that the talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin were "fruitful."

He said, through conducting communication and holding dialogue, they were able to have a ceasefire and it's going to go on for a while.

He noted, they are working on the second ceasefire in a very rough part of Syria. Trump affirmed the deep-rooted relations with France.

Apart from discussing international and bilateral relations with Macron, Trump is to attend a Bastille Day parade in Paris on Friday (today

Source: NAM News Network