Paris believes it is vital to maintaining close contact with Washington on conditions of the US troops’ withdrawal from Syria, French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly has stated, following her first meeting with US Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.
“Last night, I had first talks with my new US counterpart, Patrick Shanahan. Political dialogue on conditions of the withdrawal of the US troops from Syria is necessary, and we will continue it in the coming days and weeks”, Parly wrote on Twitter.
The statement comes after US President Donald Trump announced in December that his country would pull out its forces from Syria because the Daesh* terror group had been defeated. The move has prompted Defence Secretary James Mattis’ resignation. Mattis’ deputy, Shanahan, was appointed as acting defence secretary starting from January 1.
*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia