Macron, Saudi crown prince discuss Syria strikes, Yemen

French leader says decision on carrying out strikes against Assad regime chemical weapons facilities due 'in the coming days'

Macron, Saudi crown prince discuss Syria strikes, Yemen

World Bulletin / News Desk

If France decides to strike the Syrian regime it will target its chemical weapons facilities after a weekend chemical attack chemical which left scores dead, French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday.

Bashar al-Assad regime forces struck targets in Douma in Damascus’ eastern Ghouta suburb on Saturday allegedly using a poisonous gas which left at least 78 civilians dead, according to the White Helmets Syrian Civil Defense.

The French leader said a decision on whether to carry out the strikes would be made "in the coming days" after more consultations with the U.S. and Britain.

"Our decision will not target allies of the regime or attack anyone but rather attack the regime's chemical capabilities," Macron told a joint news conference with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Paris.

He insisted he did "not want an escalation."

"We will continue sharing technical and strategic information with our partners, particularly with the United Kingdom and the United States. And in the coming days, we will announce our decision," Macron said

Asked if Saudi Arabia could take part in the strikes against the Damascus regime, the heir to the Saudi throne said: "If our alliance with our partners demands it, we will be present."

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