- Title: France, Germany warn against escalation of violence in Syria
- Date: 7th April 2017
- Summary: GAO, MALI (APRIL 7, 2017) (REUTERS) GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER SIGMAR GABRIEL AND FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER MARC AYRAULT ARE WELCOMED AT AIRPORT BY MINUSMA (UNITED NATIONS FORCE IN MALI) REPRESENTATIVES SOLDIER WATCHING GABRIEL AND AYRAULT LEAVING A MILITARY HANGAR VARIOUS OF GERMAN SOLDIERS STANDING NEAR MILITARY VEHICLE WATCHING GABRIEL AND AYRAULT STANDING AMONG SOLDIERS FIGHTER HELICOPTER IN HANGER GABRIEL TALKING TO GERMAN SOLDIER (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER SIGMAR GABRIEL SAYING: "It is understandable that the United States does not tolerate this heavy attack with chemical weapons but I think itâ€™s also important that we don't fall into a new escalation of military violence, but put all our strength into the peace process, including the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iran. It is a special challenge for Russia, because Russia supports the Assad regime" GABRIEL AND AYRAULT TALKING TO SOLDIERS SOLDIERS LISTENING GABRIEL AND AYRAULT TALKING TO SOLDIERS (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER MARC AYRAULT, SAYING: "Bashar al-Assad's regime is a murderous regime: trying to hide the use of chemical weapons, the pictures are there and show this terrible tragedy, Russia trying to come in using words of propaganda that follow the same logic as the regime. Itâ€™s no longer tenable." GERMAN SOLDIERS IN FRONT OF COMBAT HELICOPTER SOLDIERS STANDING IN FRONT OF MILITARY VEHICLES
- Embargoed: 21st April 2017 17:38
- Keywords: France Germany Syria Bashar al-Assad United States chemical weapons Russia air strikes
- Location: GAO, MALI
- City: GAO, MALI
- Country: Mali
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA0016BEJOEF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Speaking on Friday (April 7) in Gao, in northern Mali, the foreign ministers of France and Germany, Jean-Marc Ayrault and Sigmar Gabriel warned against an escalation of violence in Syrian following the U.S. missile strikes.
The comments came during a visit to French and German peacekeeping troops based in northern Mali.
French foreign minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime "murderous" and his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel said that nations including United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iran must put strength into the peace process.
France also said it backed efforts by West African states to boost security in their Sahel region, including a plan for a 5,000-strong multinational force to combat Islamist fighters, its foreign minister said on Thursday.
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