The changing complexities of Syrian-French relations - Al Arabiya English
Chirac, Assad and the Others: Franco-Syrian Relations since Bashar Al- Assad and wife, Paris, 14 July , French National Day. US-French military relations have come a long way from the strikes, effectively reintroduced Paris as a substantial actor in the Syrian conflict. Just as its relationship with the US over Syria is very tense these days, in Paris and for offering to mediate between the SDF and Turkey.
Manon Nour-Tannous, Chirac, Assad et les autres. He immediately snapped back that France has no say in the matter: Grown Rusty And yet the French position contains the hope of reintegrating Syria into its foreign policy in order to take part in negotiations which have been dragging on for some time, first in Geneva and now in Astana Kazakhstan.
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For France, it is clearly not so much a matter of restoring bilateral relations as of using Syria to regain a foothold in the Middle East. For France, what was at stake was using Syria to make its presence felt in the Middle East, primarily to offset American power.
In the words of a former executive of French foreign intelligence, quoted in the book: But since they feel a bit weak, they seek an ally French or English to deal with the Americans on equal terms.
Yet history could well repeat itself, following the pattern in vogue for the past fifty years: And so the diplomats swing into action again. But as soon as Syrian interests are really at stake, France obtains nothing and diplomatic relations may even be broken off.
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Just as its relationship with the US over Syria is very tense these days, Turkey is realising that warm handshakes from Iran and Russia do not necessarily imply lasting alliances.
Even as the ongoing Russian-led Astana peace process has the potential to sideline the Kurds altogether, a decisive US-led intervention could potentially weaken the Assad regime to the point where it felt more inclined to negotiate. Civilians in the captured city of Afrin, northern Syria. That generated a huge amount of anxiety among the Kurdish leadership in Syria, and raised the spectre of their worst fear: There is a real concern in Iraq that an escalation in Syria could create a dangerous security vacuum, strengthening the position of holdout IS militants who are already present near the Iraqi-Syrian border.
It includes several NATO allies: NATO countries have been holding active consultations on the situation in Syria after the chemical attack on Douma.
We condemn in the strongest terms the use of chemical weapons and call on the Syrian regime and its backers to allow full and unimpeded access to international medical assistance and international monitoring.
NATO considers the use of chemical weapons a threat to international peace and security. And those responsible must be held accountable.
We must do all we can to protect the ban on the use of chemical weapons. But while this statement implies some semblance of unity between NATO members, the reality is that, while not on the scale of divisions caused by the Iraq war inSyria has truly split the alliance.
Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel.