According to Reuters on the 20th, French foreign ministry officials believe that the extremist organization IS has not been completely eliminated and continues to pose a threat to French interests in the region, so the French army will remain in northern Syria.
After Trump announced Wednesday that 2,000 U.S. soldiers would be withdrawn from Syria, French foreign ministry officials told Reuters that Trumps decision was very surprising for France.
This shows that our priorities are different from those of the Americans. We have to rely on ourselves now. Nathalie Loiseau, a senior diplomat in charge of European affairs at the French Foreign Ministry, told reporters that the French army will remain in Syria because the fight against IS is very important.
French Defense Minister Florence Parley also stressed that IS has not yet been completely erased from the map. Its remnants must be wiped out once and for all.
The French army has joined the United States-led coalition in Syria and is one of the coalitions leading forces. The French army has more than 1,100 troops on the ground in northern Syria, including special forces, military advisers and agents of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They not only carried out ground operations, but also provided training and artillery support to the coalition forces. Because of the frequent terrorist attacks by extremists in France, France is very sensitive to the IS issue. In recent years, hundreds of French citizens have come to Syria to participate in IS.
Source of this article: Peng Mei News Responsible Editor: Gan Wenbin_NBJS7621