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French top diplomat calls for efforts towards Syria political settlement

June 21, 2017, 0:20 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Moscow and Paris stressed the importance of "uncompromising fight against terrorist structures" in the settlement of the Syrian problem

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MOSCOW, June 20. /TASS/. Efforts towards a political settlement of the Syrian crisis should be combined with the fight against the terrorist group Islamic State (outlawed in Russia), French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

"Parallel with the fight against Islamic State, it is necessary to look for a political solution to the Syrian crisis which would guarantee the state’s integrity and ensure a viable transition process," he said.

The French top diplomat noted the special importance for his country of further offensive movement towards Raqqa as it was from Raqqa that "orders were issued to organize terror attacks in the French territory."

He said that Russia and France share some common ground regarding the Syrian crisis and its settlement. 

"We have common ground and areas of common interest regarding the analysis of the Syrian crisis," the French top diplomat said on Tuesday evening. "First of all, Russia and France are set to fight against Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, and we also think that that Syria’s territorial integrity must be preserved."

"We also favor efforts against the spread of chemical weapons and we support a wide access for humanitarian assistance. On the other hand, we plan joint measures to spur the general political process of reconciliation in line with the Resolution 2243," he added.

According to Le Drian, joint reconciliation efforts should take place in an atmosphere of trust.

"Today’s meeting allowed us to continue this work in the atmosphere of trust that was also evident during the Versailles meeting," he said. "However, trust means openness that’s why I think that it may contribute to establishing a real ceasefire and organizing a proper transition period.".

The two foreign ministers noted that both states stress the importance of "uncompromising fight against terrorist structures" in the settlement of the Syrian problem.

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