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FRANCE—French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to bring peaceful resolution to the Middle East after French warplanes struck two Syrian government positions, and the United Nations called for an emergency Security Council meeting to discuss the strikes.
Macron, speaking to reporters in the city of Nice, on Tuesday, said the air strikes were “the first step” toward ending the violence in Syria.
Macro, who took office last year, had been expected to use his presidency to push for an end to the conflict.
The French military had been bombing the Syrian government for nearly two years.
Macri said Tuesday the air strike was part of a “comprehensive and coordinated operation” against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
“Today’s operation is an expression of the commitment of the French military and its partners to the security of Syria,” Macron said.
He said the airstrikes would continue “until all of the Syrian state forces are completely defeated,” which would “take months, if not years.”
The French president said the operation would not affect the country’s ongoing peace talks with the opposition and opposition factions, including Kurdish militias, which he said are “on the verge of forming a sovereign state.”
Macron said the strikes were carried out by French forces, as well as “the Syrian Arab air force, and by the Syrian Arab forces on the other side of the border in Lebanon.”
He did not provide details about the countries targets.
He said the Syrian army had been unable to defeat the coalition and had “no choice but to continue fighting.”
“We have no choice but the most comprehensive and coordinated operations against terrorism that we have ever undertaken,” Macron told reporters, using the French acronym for the Islamic State group.
The attack on the Syrian positions comes as the United States is ramping up its support for the anti-Assad rebels.
The United States has said it will send more than 20,000 special operations forces to support the Syrian opposition, but is now seeking a broader deployment of about 1,000 more troops, including more aircraft, according to a U.S. official.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing planning.
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, in a separate statement, urged the international community to support Syrian rebels in their fight against Assad, but called on Syria to implement the terms of a U:S.
agreement that requires the Syrian regime to cease its use of chemical weapons.
Macros government is currently at odds with the United Kingdom, France, Turkey and Russia.
It is opposed to the U.K.’s decision to back the Syrian rebels, and is concerned by reports of Russia’s support for them.