France ‘convinced’ Trump to keep troops in Syria, says Macron

France 'convinced' Trump to keep troops in Syria, says Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron says he convinced his American counterpart not to pull US troops out of Syria amid rising tensions in the war-torn country.

Speaking to France’s BFM television on Sunday, Macron said he persuaded Donald Trump to keep the strikes limited.

“Ten days ago, President Trump was saying ‘the United States should withdraw from Syria’. We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term,” Macron said in the interview.

He also defended the joint air strikes against Syrian chemical weapons sites claiming there is proof the Syrian regime used poison gas in Douma.

His comments come after US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the US would not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals were accomplished.

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