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“An ally must be reliable”: Macron Regrets “Very Deeply” the US Withdrawal from Syria

Donald Trump has caused a stir in Western chancelleries, announcing his wish to withdraw US troops from Syria. The French President took note of this decision with regret.

The prospect of a withdrawal of US forces from Syria definitely does not pass with the Western allies of the United States . “An ally must be reliable, coordinate with its other allies,” said December 23 in N’Djamena (Chad) Emmanuel Macron, about the decision of President Trump to withdraw US troops from Syria.

"An ally must be reliable": Macron regrets "very deeply" the US withdrawal from Syria© SAUL LOEB Source: AFP
US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace on November 10th.

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“I deeply regret the decision taken” by the United States, lamented the head of the French state. He also paid tribute to Pentagon chief Jim Mattis, who resigned after the US president’s withdrawal decision .

Paris, London and Berlin taken aback

On December 19, Donald Trump caused a diplomatic thunderclap by considering a total withdrawal of US troops from Syria . He felt he had achieved his goal of “defeating the Islamic State group” in the country – forgetting carefully, by the way, to mention the other countries that, like Russia, Turkey or European states , have also contributed in a variable measure to the fight against Daesh.

France had immediately expressed its concern through the French Minister of Armies, Florence Parly: “Daesh is not removed from the map, nor its roots, it is necessary to definitively defeat the last pockets of this terrorist organization. “On CNews the same day, the French Minister of European Affairs, Nathalie Loiseau, confirmed that France would stay in Syria, saying that” the fight against terrorism is not over. “

Similarly, the British diplomacy had estimated that “the international coalition against Daesh has [made] enormous progress […] but [that] there is still a lot to be done”, while the German Minister of Foreign Affairs foreigners, Heiko Maas, was surprised by this “abrupt change in American politics” in Syria.

On the other hand, Russia has been clearly positive about the US decision. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the US decision was “fair”. “Donald is right, I agree with him,” he said. 

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