France and US to coordinate action at UN on Ghouta attacks [fr]

Syria – Telephone conversation between M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, and Mr Donald Trump, President of the United States of America – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 9 April 2018

Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, spoke to the President of the United States of America on Sunday 8 April 2018 about the situation in Syria. The French President utterly condemned the chemical attacks carried out against the people of Douma, in Eastern Ghouta, on 7 April.

The French President and the President of the United States of America exchanged their reports and analyses confirming the use of chemical weapons. They instructed their teams to deepen exchanges in the coming days.

They also decided to coordinate their actions and initiatives within the United Nations Security Council, which is due to meet in New York today, Monday 9 April, to condemn the failure to comply with Resolution 2401 and the repeated use of chemical weapons. All responsibility in the matter will have to be clearly established.

The two presidents agreed to remain in close contact and will speak to each other again in the next 48 hours.

Syria/Eastern Ghouta – Statement by M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Paris, 8 April 2018

I condemn with the greatest firmness the continued siege by the Syrian regime of the city of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, and the bombings that have caused a great number of civilian casualties in the last 24 hours, in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.

I would like to express my extreme concern in the light of reports suggesting a further use of particularly violent chemical weapons and my outrage on seeing the images and information passed on by several organizations with witnesses on the ground.

France is working actively to verify the reality and nature of these strikes, in liaison with its allies and the relevant international organizations.

I must underline that the use of chemical weapons is a war crime and a breach of the international non-proliferation regime. As the President of the Republic has stated on several occasions, France will fulfil all its responsibilities in the fight against chemical weapons proliferation. It calls upon the United Nations Security Council to meet as soon as possible to examine the situation in Eastern Ghouta.

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