Published: Mon, March 05, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

US, France Call for 'Immediate' Syria Cease-fire Implementation

US, France Call for 'Immediate' Syria Cease-fire Implementation

"France and the United States will not tolerate impunity", added the statement.

In a phone call, the French and US presidents on Friday called for the "immediate" implementation of a cease-fire in Syria - especially the besieged Eastern Ghouta enclave - and said Russian Federation must exert maximum pressure on the Syrian regime.

Macron made his remarks during a phone call with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rohani, according to a statement released by the French presidency.

"This is the same combination of lies and indiscriminate force that Russian Federation and the Syrian regime used to isolate and destroy Aleppo in 2016, where thousands of civilians were killed", it said, referring to Syria's one-time economic hub, which was devastated by the country's civil war.

The statement also claimed that preparations were underway for the delivery of food aid to the civilians in Eastern Ghouta.

The phone conversation came as Bashar al-Assad regime forces' attacks continued on civilians in the opposition-hold area near capital Damascus despite decisions to implement a ceasefire made separately by Russian Federation and the UN Security Council.

According to the presidential sources, the humanitarian crisis in Syria's eastern Ghouta and the Sochi talks' contribution to the Geneva peace process were also discussed between the two leaders.

The Syrian government's advance on Eastern Ghouta comes after 15 days of devastating air strikes, artillery fire and rocket attacks that are reported to have left more than 640 civilians dead.

Macron and Trump agreed that "in the face of continuing indiscriminate shelling against civilians, particularly in Eastern Ghouta, and the continuing deterioration of the humanitarian situation" Russian Federation must "exercise maximum, unambiguous pressure on the Damascus regime" to make clear its commitment to abide by the resolution.

Macron said the use of lethal chemical weapons, if proven, would lead to a strong response.

The two leaders agreed on continuation of mutual dialogue on Syria.

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