French diplomat: Syria is about to enter a post-ISIS era

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September 9, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

French Foreign Minister Jean Yves le Drian said on Friday after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov that Syria ison the verge of a political transition.

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“You can say that we are approaching a period, a stage where it is possible to contemplate life after the Islamic State (terrorist group outlawed in Russia),” he said. “Now it is necessary to make all those principles and conditions we have discussed particularly with Minister Lavrov, a reality, ” Le Drian said.

The French top diplomat stressed that “conditions should be set forth, which will be discussed at the upcoming session of the United Nations General Assembly” to smooth over the political transition. 

“There should be no preconditions for launching a political transition process whatsoever, not even Assad’s resignation,” Le Drian stressed. “France has already said that overthrowing Assad is not the goal of a political settlement because Syria’s reconciliation is a complicated process that is not confined to just that,” he added.

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