PARIS (Sputnik) — Former French Prime Minister and current presidential candidate Francois Fillon said on Wednesday that he considers dialogue with Syria's President Bashar Assad possible for the sake of the Syrian crisis resolution.
"Refusing the idea of having a dialogue with Bashar Assad regime, French and Western diplomacy have excluded themselves from the resolution of the Syrian conflict. Today we… watch how Russians, Turks, Iranians resolve the Syrian issue without our participation," Fillon said on the BFMTV channel.
The former prime minister stressed that he did not want Assad to remain in power, since the Syrian president was a "bloody dictator," and that he had not encouraged the French lawmakers to pay a visit to Syria on January 5-10.
On Monday, Assad welcomed in an interview with the French media Fillon's statement that the fight against terrorism should be conducted without interference into the internal affairs of a state.
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