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    French President Francois Hollande

    France Ready to Discuss Syrian Conflict Settlement With US, Russia, Iran

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    Francois Hollande said that France is open for discussion of the Syrian conflict resolution with the conflicting sides, as well as with the United States, Russia and Iran.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — France is open for discussion of the Syrian conflict resolution with the conflicting sides, as well as with the United States, Russia and Iran, the French president said Sunday.

    "The position of France is to discuss this [Syrian conflict resolution] with all the parties involved. First of all, with Syria’s neighbors, Arab countries, as well as with the United States, Russia and Iran. We do not leave anyone aside," Francois Hollande said at a press briefing at the UN headquarters.

    The Syrian civil war is entering its fifth year and has claimed the lives of up to 330,000 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights’ August 2015 estimates.

    Syrian government forces are involved in fighting rebel factions and extremist militant groups, including Islamic State and the al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front.

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