France urges Iran to "pressure" Syria over Eastern Ghouta situation

Turkish, French presidents discuss Syria over phone

The French presidency's office said in a written statement the heads of state discussed the situation in a phone call Friday.

In a phone call, the French and USA presidents on Friday called for the "immediate" implementation of a cease-fire in Syria - especially the besieged Eastern Ghouta enclave - and said Russian Federation must exert maximum pressure on the Syrian regime.

On Sunday, the Syrian forces were targeting the rebel-held areas in Eastern Ghouta countryside of Damascus out of the designated times of the daily ceasefire in that area.

The two leaders agreed to intensify top-level diplomatic talks to implement ceasefire and to pave the way for providing humanitarian aid to civilians in the region, said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking to the media.

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May and Trump said "Russia and others with influence over the Syrian regime must act now to cease their campaign of violence and to protect civilians".

Macron and Trump agreed that "in the face of continuing indiscriminate shelling against civilians, particularly in Eastern Ghouta, and the continuing deterioration of the humanitarian situation" Russian Federation must "exercise maximum, unambiguous pressure on the Damascus regime" to make clear its commitment to abide by the resolution.

During a telephone call between the two leaders, Macron underscored the "particular responsiblity for Iran, because of its ties to the regime, regarding the implementation of the humanitarian truce" sought by the United Nations, his office said.

The United Nations has called for a 30-day ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta, but so far regime-backer Russian Federation has declared only a five-hour daily "humanitarian pause".

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