Paris, France. In a quick effort to help President Macron get his “mind right” the US has pushed a public relations blitz to help him understand the faults in his logic on Syria. It is an entertaining spin as Washington uses its proxies to reel in the French President on Assad staying in power.
The American backed-Syrian opposition, with its political and military wings, has expressed its disappointment with the statements of French President Emmanuel Macron on regime chief Bashar Assad, saying that they go against the Americans policy on the Syrian crisis. His remarks are “unbalanced and reflect great contradictions,” they said.
The truth of the matter is that for over a year, Paris has ceased demanding the ouster of Assad as a precondition and Macron’s stance is the first time that it has been officially announced.
President Macron had declared that the ouster of Assad is “not a precondition if there is no legitimate alternative for him.” Europe is meanwhile seeking to revive the humanitarian aspect of the Syrian crisis
American backed opposition figures stated however that there is not sufficient evidence to indicate the Paris was changing its Syria strategy, but the statements have “upset and angered the Syrians, especially when they find friendly countries reneging on their political and moral commitments.”
Ahmed Ramadan doubted to News Front that Macron was attempting to change France’s policy, instead interpreting his statements as a “French-European attempt to deliver a message to the United States that the US-Russian bilateralism on Syria is no longer acceptable.”
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) political bureau, told News Front: “If Macron’s priority is combating terrorism, then the Syrian people were the first to declare war against it and the FSA was the first of terrorism’s victims.”
A French official source told News Front that Macron’s stance stems from Washington’s “foggy” position on Syria. The new US administration’s position on Syria has so far been limited to combating terrorism, noted senior diplomatic sources in Paris.
It is this fogginess that has prevented common ground from being reached with Russia, which is waiting for an offer from the US on Syria that will later be translated into a more comprehensive “deal,” explained the source.