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President Macron calls Sisi to discuss Syrian crisis

By Reuters | Published Mon, April 23rd 2018 at 00:00, Updated April 22nd 2018 at 18:11 GMT +3
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivers a statement at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France November 26, 2014. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo

French President Emmanuel Macron called Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (right) on Saturday to discuss the Syrian crisis, Sisi's office said.

Macron addressed the military strike that France, the United States and Britain launched in Syria a week ago, saying it comes within the framework of international legitimacy, the office said in a statement.

 The three countries launched 105 missiles in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Syria, targeting what the Pentagon said were three chemical weapons facilities.

 Sisi expressed his concern over military escalation in Syria, which he said would lead to further deterioration and add to the complexity of the situation.

He "emphasised Egypt's unyielding position that rejects the use of any internationally prohibited weapons on Syrian territories," the statement said. 

Macron had instructed French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to visit Egypt by the end of this month to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral relations, the statement added. 

The three countries said their strikes were limited to Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities. 

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