France says not planning to reopen embassy in Syria

By REUTERS
May 22, 2017 15:26
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PARIS - France's foreign ministry said on Monday that the reopening of its embassy in Syria was not on the table, signalling there may be no fundamental change to Paris' approach to the Syrian conflict under new president Emmanuel Macron.

Citing a political source close to Macron, pan-Arab daily newspaper al-Hayat had reported on Monday that Macron was reviewing France's decision to close the embassy in 2012.

"The reopening of our embassy in Damascus is not on the agenda," Foreign ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said in a daily briefing.

Officials at the president's office did not immediately respond for comment, although Macron ruled out reopening the embassy during a campaign trip to Beirut in January.


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