France, the US and their allies must remain in the Syrian Arab Republic after ISIS has been defeated “in order to build a new Syria” and limit Iran’s influence, said French President Emmanuel Macron.
“Even after the end of the war against ISIS, the US, France and our allies, all of the countries of the region, even Russia and Turkey, will play an important role in the creation of a new Syria. But of course, it is the Syrian nation that will determine the future,” Macron said in an interview with Fox News.
He also pointed out that a complete withdrawal of international forces would strengthen Assad’s and Iran’s position. “They will prepare a new war, they will fuel new terrorists,” the French president believes.
Macron said earlier that he had convinced Donald Trump not to withdraw the US troops from Syria. Trump himself said that the US may leave the country “very soon” and let others see to the peaceful resolution.