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    France Cannot Fight Terrorism if in Union With Qatar, Saudi Arabia - Assad

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    France cannot fight against terrorism as long as it remains Qatar and Saudi Arabia's ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday.

    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — On Monday, French President Francois Hollande called for a broad coalition including the United States and Russia to tackle ISIL which claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks.

    The following day, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia and France's navies must develop a joint plan of action for their operations in Syria.

    "France cannot fight terrorism as long as it remains Qatar and Saudi Arabia's ally," the Syrian president said as quoted by Almayadeen news agency.

    On November 13, eight extremists wearing explosive belts attacked several venues across Paris, killing some 130 at restaurants, the Bataclan concert hall and in the vicinity of the Stade de France stadium.

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