France sees Syrian regime participating in anti-ISIL fight

French foreign minister suggests possible cooperation with Syrian regime forces against ISIL

France sees Syrian regime participating in anti-ISIL fight

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ground troops are needed to fight ISIL in Syria, which can include forces from the Syrian regime, said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Friday.

"It is necessary both destroy ISIL and build a political solution in Syria," Fabius told French radio RTL.

In order to fight ISIL  "there must be two measures: strikes [...] and ground troops who cannot be ours, but who should be of the Free Syrian Army, supported by Sunni Arab forces, and why not regime forces too," Fabius added.

Asked about the possibility of sending French special forces, Fabius declined to comment, adding  that should there be a presence on the ground, it would not be made public.

He said the main military target remained the city of Raqqa, the ISIL stronghold, adding that Russian and French jets have targeted the town in recent days. 

 "For us, it is one of the main military targets, even the main one, because it is the nerve center of ISIL, and the attacks against France were planned from there," Fabius said.

The head of French diplomacy said the road map established by the major international and regional powers in Vienna was still valid.

"We must gather the opposition, there must be a unity government, a new constitution and then an election in 18 months," Fabius said.

However, Fabius insisted the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "can not be the future of his people". 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Kasım 2015, 12:47
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