France to avoid participation in anti-ISIS air strikes in Syria

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Luran Fabius. File photo

ARA News 

Beirut, Lebanon – On Monday, the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that his country does not intend to launch air strikes against militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in Syria.

Although France participated in bombing one of IS targets in Iraq last week, the French government expressed its reluctance of taking part in anti-IS military operations in Syria.

Regarding the operations against IS militants in Iraq’s Mosul, Fabius said that his government took action in coordination with Baghdad to provide air protection.

“We have decided to say yes according to the Article 51 of the UN charter and President Hollande ordered air strike, which has taken place a few days ago,” Fabius stated on Monday.

French Foreign Minister stressed France’s willingness to continue providing support to the Syrian moderate opposition against regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

“But the French president has said we do not have intention to do the same in Syria, that is to say by air,” Fabius said in an official statement.

 

Reporting by: Azza Hawrami

Source: ARA News

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