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Macron, Trump urge for immediate respect for Syria’s ceasefire

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PARIS, July 13, 2017 (Xinhua) -- French President Emmanuel Macron (L) shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump at the Elysees Palace in Paris, France, on July 13, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Paris on Thursday morning in a diplomatic move to soften divergence with France over climate change and trade liberalization by seeking common ground on security and fight against terrorism. (Xinhua/Chen Yichen/IANS) by .
French President Emmanuel Macron (L) shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump at the Elysees Palace in Paris, France (Xinhua/Chen Yichen/IANS)

Macron and TrumpĀ “decided to work together for the implementation of resolution 2401 to allow the cessation of hostilities, the delivery of humanitarian aid, and the evacuation of the wounded and sick….reports Asian Lite News

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump at the Elysees Palace in Paris, France (File- IANS)

French President Emmanuel Macron and his US counterpart Donald Trump have agreed on the immediate implementation of ceasefire accord in Syria, the French presidency said on Friday.

In a phone conversation on Thursday, both leaders “decided to work together for the implementation of resolution 2401 to allow the cessation of hostilities, the delivery of humanitarian aid, and the evacuation of the wounded and sick,” the Elysee said.

The French President reiterated that Paris would have a “firm response” in coordination with Washington if the investigation into Syrian forces’ use of toxic gas against civilians proved that this was true.

Last Saturday, the UN’s Security Council voted on a resolution calling for a 30-day truce in Syria after Syrian forces launched their most intense shelling in an effort to eliminate Al Qaeda-linked groups in eastern Ghouta, the last main rebel-held zone.

Hundreds were killed in what was one of the deadliest offensives of the years-long war.