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France Ready to Join Efforts With Russia in Fight Against Terrorism

© AFP 2021 / PATRICK KOVARIKFrench Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (R) shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Serguei Lavrov before their meeting at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris on June 29, 2016.
French Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (R) shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Serguei Lavrov before their meeting at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris on June 29, 2016. - Sputnik International
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French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Wednesday that France was willing to cooperate with Russia in the fight against terrorism.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Ayrault held phone talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov focusing on the situation in Syria and intra-Syrian reconciliation talks in Geneva.

"He [ Ayrault] voiced France's readiness to cooperate with Russia in the fight against terrorism and called for an early resumption of negotiations on a political transition [in Syria] in line with the Geneva communique and UN Security Council Resolution 2254," the French Foreign Ministry cited Ayrault as saying.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Smolenskaya-Sennaya Square in Moscow. - Sputnik International
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The civil war in Syria has been lasting for around six years with government troops fighting against numerous opposition factions and terror organizations such as al-Nusra Front and Daesh, outlawed in Russia.

The nationwide Syrian ceasefire regime was introduced on December 30, 2016. Terrorist organizations are not part of the ceasefire.

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