French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said only Syrians must decide their own future.
In remarks at a joint press conference with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi on Monday, Le Drian said, "Paris does not oppose the participation of Bashar al-Assad in the elections in Syria."
"If President Bashar al-Assad is a candidate, he will be a candidate. It is the Syrians who must decide their future," Le Drian added.
Le Drian indicated his country’s commitment to a political settlement in Syria, saying that ending ISIS is a top priority. "There is a war against ISIS that is not finished, and those who consider ISIS to have been eradicated are mistaken. And then, there is an internal civil war, and sometimes both wars are linked."