BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 A.M.) – France will withdraw their troops from Syria once a “political solution” is established inside the country, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on C-News TV on Wednesday.

“There is our [military] presence in Iraq, [and] we have a scanty presence in Syria”, he told France’s C-News television.

Le Drian argued that it is Russia which is responsible for the political resolution of the Syrian conflict.

According to him, Russia “bears political responsibility so that Syria has a political, not a military solution [of the conflict] to avoid the use of chemical weapons”, he said.

Le Drian’s remarks came after France’s European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau said in an interview with C-News on 20 December that France will “for now” maintain its participation in the coalition fighting Daesh forces in Syria.

In a separate development, advisers to French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly met with Kurdish militants representing the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and assured them of future support from Paris.

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All I can say to the French is, “I’ll have escargots with petit pois, scallops served with butternut squash puree, Chardonnay wine, followed by un cafe.”