France, Australia to discuss future of Syrian coalition with US
France and Australia Tuesday welcomed the United States’ decision to retain soldiers in Syria, saying they would discuss with Washington the future of the international coalition fighting Islamic State jihadists.
“We can only welcome the US decision to leave soldiers in northeastern Syria. Now what counts is to work towards implementation,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters after talks in Paris with Australian counterpart Marise Payne.
“We are waiting to discuss conditions for implementation with the United States,” he said.
Payne, for her part, said Australia was a “steadfast” member of the coalition, adding: “we shall work with our colleagues and counterparts and allies as that comes to hand.”
As the coalition prepares to capture the last jihadist bastion in Syria, talks are under way to see how peace and stability could be brought to liberated areas.
Australia announced earlier this month that it had finalised a $35-billion deal to buy 12 attack-class submarines from the Naval Group consortium partly owned by the French government.
Source : AFP