PARIS, January 2. /TASS/. French President Emmanuel Macron said in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin that the fight against terrorism is France’s top priority in Syria, the Elysee Palace said in a press release on Wednesday.
"The president of the [French] republic recalled that the fight against terrorism was France’s top priority in Syria so as to eradicate the Islamic State terrorist group (banned in Russia - TASS) and counteract any resurgence of terrorism in the region," the press release said.
It added that "this fight has not yet been over and will be continued on the ground by the international coalition."
According to the Elysee Palace, Macron stressed the need to ensure strict compliance with "the commitments taken at the Istanbul summit on October 27, 2018."
The press release says that "the president of the republic underlined that France has been adherent more than ever to a political solution to the Syria crisis in line with Resolution 2254 of the United Nations Security Council, the only possible way of stability and protection for the civilian population and for the world."
"He pointed out in this context that the concerned states should take full responsibility to ensure a reliable constitutional process along with free and fair elections monitored by the UN," it says.