February 23, 2018 / 7:03 PM / a month ago

Macron says has hopeful of getting U.N. resolution on Syria truce

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday he was hopeful that the United Nations Security Council would call for a ceasefire in Syria.

French President Emmanuel Macron briefs the media as he arrives at a European Union heads of state informal meeting in Brussels, Belgium, February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin — whose military intervention in Syria gave President Bashar al-Assad the upper hand in the seven-year-old conflict — to stop bombardments of the rebel-held pocket of eastern Ghouta. [nL8N1QD54L]

Macron added that he would continue his efforts to mediate if a ceasefire proved to be impossible.

Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey, writing by Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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