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Syria: Russian military operation helped prevent terrorist takeover of Syria, says French lawmaker01:48

Syria: Russian military operation helped prevent terrorist takeover of Syria, says French lawmaker

Syrian Arab Republic, Aleppo
January 6, 2017 at 18:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

Current member of the French National Assembly and former Secretary of State Thierry Mariani gave an interview during his trip to Syria in Aleppo on Friday where he said it was fortunate that the Russian military had conducted its operation in Syria, since the country might otherwise have fallen into the "hand of terrorists."

"I think fortunately there was the intervention of the Russian army - why? Because if the Russian army [doesn't] be present here since some months Syria has a chance to fall in the hand of terrorists and I think fortunately the Russian[s] came here, like that, the sense of the war has changed," said the French lawmaker.

Mariani also expressed hope at the prospects of the Syria policy of US President-elect Donald Trump. "I think it could go on a good direction - why? Because I think we have the same enemies. The enemies is the terrorists, the enemy is the jihadists and I hope the politics will go together to fight against this common [enemy]," he said.

Thierry Mariani participated in an Orthodox Christmas Eve mass at Aleppo's Church of the Holy Mother of God alongside fellow French National Assembly Member Nicolas Dhuicq earlier in the day. The French lawmakers are expected to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Foreign Minister Walid Moualem during their five-day visit to the country.

Syria: Russian military operation helped prevent terrorist takeover of Syria, says French lawmaker01:48
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Current member of the French National Assembly and former Secretary of State Thierry Mariani gave an interview during his trip to Syria in Aleppo on Friday where he said it was fortunate that the Russian military had conducted its operation in Syria, since the country might otherwise have fallen into the "hand of terrorists."

"I think fortunately there was the intervention of the Russian army - why? Because if the Russian army [doesn't] be present here since some months Syria has a chance to fall in the hand of terrorists and I think fortunately the Russian[s] came here, like that, the sense of the war has changed," said the French lawmaker.

Mariani also expressed hope at the prospects of the Syria policy of US President-elect Donald Trump. "I think it could go on a good direction - why? Because I think we have the same enemies. The enemies is the terrorists, the enemy is the jihadists and I hope the politics will go together to fight against this common [enemy]," he said.

Thierry Mariani participated in an Orthodox Christmas Eve mass at Aleppo's Church of the Holy Mother of God alongside fellow French National Assembly Member Nicolas Dhuicq earlier in the day. The French lawmakers are expected to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Foreign Minister Walid Moualem during their five-day visit to the country.

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