France’s FM: Assad’s departure not necessary before political transition

Assad05/12/2015 (Ahram Online – Egypt): French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he no longer believes that Bashar al-Assad’s departure is necessary before any political transition in Syria, in an interview published Saturday.”The fight against Daesh is crucial, but it will only be totally effective if all the Syrian and regional forces are united,” he told the French regional newspaper Le Progres, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group..”A united Syria implies a political transition. That does not mean that Bashar al-Assad must leave even before the transition, but there must be assurances for the future”.The comments mark a change in France’s position on the Syrian president, as it has previously demanded the removal of Assad, describing him as a “butcher” of his own people.But there had been signs Paris might moderate its position as its priority shifted to tackling the ISIS group which carried out the Paris attacks last month…

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/172634/World/Region/UPDATED-Frances-FM-Assads-departure-not-necessary-.aspx

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