August 29, 2017 / 10:04 AM / a month ago

France's Macron says new Syria contact group to meet at U.N. next month

French President Emmanuel Macron looks on during a joint news conference with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at Euxinograd residence, near Varna, Bulgaria, August 25, 2017. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday a contact group on Syria will meet at the United Nations in New York in September, as he called the fight against Islamist terrorism the priority of his foreign policy.

In an opening speech to the annual gathering of French ambassadors at the Elysee palace, Macron said the “main players” of the Syrian crisis would be involved, without elaborating. It remained unclear what the purpose of the new group would be and how it differed to previous contact groups.

Macron said cooperation with Russia had yielded “concrete results” on curtailing the use of chemical weapons in Syria. He gave no details.

Reporting by John Irish; writing by Michel Rose

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