France is ready for joint efforts and dialogue on Syria with all sides, but it continues to insist on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's resignation as a preliminary condition for settling the crisis in the country, French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll has said.
"If we want to effectively fight against ISIS (Islamic State), we ought to nip this evil in the bud: a political transition is needed that will clearly show to the Syrian people that Assad is not Syria's future," Le Foll said in an interview with Interfax on Oct. 8.
"Given these conditions, everyone will have to carry their share of responsibility. France is ready for dialogue and joint actions with all sides but only on these conditions because only they [conditions] will guarantee the effectiveness of collective efforts against ISIS and terrorist groups," he said.
When asked about President al-Assad's fate, Le Foll noted that France's stance on this issue remains unchanged.
"President of the French Republic Francois Hollande clearly reminded everyone about it from the tribune of the UN General Assembly last week: Bashar al-Assad cannot personify Syria's future," he said.
Le Foll, who also holds the post of France's agriculture minister, arrived in Moscow on Thursday at the invitation of Russian Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev to visit the 'Golden Autumn' agricultural exhibition, which will open at the Crocus Expo Center on Oct. 8.
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