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.
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