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China: French FM warns Syrian govt against use of chemical weapons01:46

China: French FM warns Syrian govt against use of chemical weapons

September 13, 2018 at 17:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Syrian government will face 'consequences' if they launch a chemical weapons attack on Idlib, warned French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at joint press conference with his Chinese counterpart Wang Li in Beijing on Thursday.

The warning comes after Syrian regime forces amassed around Idlib in the past few weeks as they seek to oust rebels from their final stronghold.

Le Drian said: "France warns against the use of chemical weapons. This is a red line and crossing it will have the same consequences we've seen back in April," referring to US-led missile strikes on a Syrian air base after an alleged chemical attack in Idlib.

The ministers also discussed the importance of free trade, with Wang Li stressing the importance of France and China's economic and diplomatic relations in the face of increasing protectionism.

"In this important historical moment, China and France, as permanent members of the Security Council, should stand out and enhance communication and cooperation. We should maintain the global free-trade system, the process of multilateralism and international order," he said.

China: French FM warns Syrian govt against use of chemical weapons01:46
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The Syrian government will face 'consequences' if they launch a chemical weapons attack on Idlib, warned French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at joint press conference with his Chinese counterpart Wang Li in Beijing on Thursday.

The warning comes after Syrian regime forces amassed around Idlib in the past few weeks as they seek to oust rebels from their final stronghold.

Le Drian said: "France warns against the use of chemical weapons. This is a red line and crossing it will have the same consequences we've seen back in April," referring to US-led missile strikes on a Syrian air base after an alleged chemical attack in Idlib.

The ministers also discussed the importance of free trade, with Wang Li stressing the importance of France and China's economic and diplomatic relations in the face of increasing protectionism.

"In this important historical moment, China and France, as permanent members of the Security Council, should stand out and enhance communication and cooperation. We should maintain the global free-trade system, the process of multilateralism and international order," he said.

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