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France Hails Syria Deal as Step Forward

  • Reuters

French Minister for Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius speaks during a media conference in Tunis, May 14, 2013 file photo.

French Minister for Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius speaks during a media conference in Tunis, May 14, 2013 file photo.

France welcomed a deal on Saturday between Russia and the United States on destroying Syria's chemical weapons as an “important step forward” and said that talks on Monday in Paris would focus on its implementation.

“The draft agreement reached in Geneva about eliminating the Syrian regime's chemical weapons is an important step forward,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement shortly after the deal was struck.

Fabius, who spoke with his U.S. counterpart shortly before the agreement was announced, added that France would clarify its position based on the findings of U.N. weapons inspectors' investigation into a chemical gas attack in Syria last month.
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