French Stance on Cooperation With Syrian Gov’t Remains Unchanged

© AFP 2022 / Claude ParisFrench sailors walk by a Super-Etendard jetfighter on the deck of France's nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle before to leave its home port of Toulon, southern France, Wednesday, Nov.18, 2015
French sailors walk by a Super-Etendard jetfighter on the deck of France's nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle before to leave its home port of Toulon, southern France, Wednesday, Nov.18, 2015 - Sputnik International
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France's long-standing refusal to work with the current Syrian authority remains unaltered despite efforts to intensify the anti-Islamic State fight in the wake of deadly Paris attacks, a source in the French Foreign Ministry told Sputnik Friday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik), Daria Chernyshova – Earlier in the day, French Minister Laurent Fabius told RTL radio that troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, along with the Free Syrian Army and the Kurds, could be used to fight ISIL on the ground, however, he added that such a move was possible if an "urgent and indispensable" political transition occurs.

"Our position has not changed: there can be no cooperation with Syrian government forces to battle Islamic State until a unity government is in place, which means it could only happen in the framework of a political transition," the source stressed, commenting on the possibility to collaborate with the Syrian government forces to defeat ISIL jihadists.

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On Thursday, French President Francoise Hollande met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. The leaders agreed they would fight together against common threats and called on their partners to increase coordination in countering the ISIL militants in Syria amid increasingly frequent terror acts.

On November 13, several extremists launched a series of coordinated attacks across Paris, killing some 130 people and injuring over 360 at several locations, including restaurants, the Bataclan concert hall and in the vicinity of the Stade de France stadium. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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