France says Syria's Assad has no role in country's future

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 26, 2015 2:44 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - France said on Saturday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad cannot play any role in a future political transition and that he hoped Russia would clarify its military intentions in Syria in the coming days.

"(Assad) is responsible for the current chaos. If we were to say to the Syrians that the future lies with Assad, then we will expose ourselves to failure," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told a news conference.

Fabius also said France would push in the coming days for a relaunch of the Middle East peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, warning that the status quo could benefit Islamic State militants.

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