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France re-urges Russia, Iran to force Syria's Assad to respect ceasefire

Jean-Yves Le Drian

French FM Jean-Yves Le Drian revealed Thursday his country would exercise pressures on Russia and Iran to force Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad to respect a UN resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire, Reuters reported.


Both Moscow and Tehran have a powerful influence over the Assad regime. They have supported Syrian government forces militarily and economically against the opposition forces in the more than seven-year civil war.  

Le Drian reiterated that France will respond if it is proven chemical weapons have been used and killed people.

French President Emmanuel Macron and his government have in recent weeks repeatedly called for a truce in Syria to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to trapped civilians, but the fighting continues.