France, Russia vow to press coordination efforts on Syria

France, Russia vow to press coordination efforts on Syria © Kirill Kudrayavtsev, AFP | Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron leave at the end of a joint press conference following their talks at the Konstantin Palace in Strelna, outside Saint Petersburg, on May 24, 2018.

France and Russia want to create a coordination mechanism between world powers to push ahead with finding a political solution in Syria, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday.

said the idea was to coordinate efforts carried out by the Astana process that comprises , Turkey and Iran and the “small group”, which was initiated by , and comprises Britain, Germany, Jordan, the United States and Saudi Arabia.

“We need to be talking about the situation after the war. The key is to build a stable ,” Macron said at a news conference alongside Russian President .

Macron said the two agreed that focus should be on a new constitution and setting up inclusive elections that would include all Syrians, including .

Previous international groups that have pitted opponents to Presidentwith his backers have until now failed to find a solution to the seven-year civil war.

Macron said the two had discussed France’s hopes to create an international mechanism for attributing responsibility for attacks. Putin made no mention of the initiative.

France, together with the United States and Britain against the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons program in mid-April in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack a week earlier.

Russian and Iranian military help over the past three years has allowed Assad to crush the rebel threat to topple him.

(REUTERS)