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Macron, Trump agree toxic gas used in Syria, vow 'strong, joint response'

Stringer, AFP | Syrian Army soldiers gather in an area on the eastern outskirts of Douma, as they continue their fierce offensive to retake the last opposition holdout in Eastern Ghouta, on April 8, 2018.

French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump agreed in a phone call that chemical weapons had been used in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta on April 7, and would work together to establish clear responsibility for their use.

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They “exchanged their information and analysis confirming the use of chemical weapons”, the French presidency said in a statement early on Monday.

“All responsibilities in this area must be clearly established,” added the French presidency’s statement.

The statement also said the two leaders had instructed their teams to deepen exchanges in the coming days and co-ordinate their efforts at the UN Security Council on Monday.

“Both leaders strongly condemned the horrific chemical weapons attacks in Syria and agreed that the Assad regime must be held accountable for its continued human rights abuses,” a White House statement read after Trump and Macron spoke by telephone.

“They agreed to exchange information on the nature of the attacks and coordinate a strong, joint response.”

The two leaders are due to discuss the subject again within 48 hours.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

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