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