France's Macron says he convinced Trump to stay in Syria long-term


French President Emmanuel Macron has said he was ready to talk to all, including Russian Federation and Iran, to pave the way for inclusive political transition in the war-torn Syria.

"Ten days ago, President Trump was saying the United States of America had a duty to disengage from Syria", Macron said. "We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term".

She added that the USA still wants to "crush ISIS" and expects regional allies to help securing the region.

In telephone calls with Mr Trump, he also said he "persuaded him that we needed to limit the strikes to chemical weapons [sites], after things got a little carried away over tweets".

Haley said the three US goals for accomplishing its mission have been making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm USA national interests, defeating the Islamic State terror group and having a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

As for his allies, Macron suggested France played a pivotal role in changing Trump's mind on the need to stay involved in the conflict.

He said the military strikes early on Saturday had been "perfectly carried out" but were not a declaration of war on Syria.

"Without declaring war against Bashar al-Assad, the joint strikes achieved their aims without leaving collateral casualties", confirmed Macron, adding that Damscus' chemical weapons capabilities have been destroyed.

A tweet from Mr Trump last week about USA missile strikes on Syria had read: "Get ready, Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and "smart".

Despite soaring tensions with Russia, Macron stressed the need to "talk to everyone" in pursuing a Syrian settlement, saying his plans to visit Moscow in May remain unchanged.

Russian Federation says the attack in Douma was staged, accusing the United Kingdom of orchestrating it.

Macron said that failing so far to get the red lines respected had led Russian authorities to think of Western powers that "these people from the worldwide community - they are nice, they are weak".

Western countries blame Assad for the Douma attack that killed dozens of people.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.

"All of our missiles reached their target", he said.