France Welcomes US-Russia Deal on Syria
France believes the agreement reached Saturday by the United States and Russia on a plan to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons is a breakthrough.
"The plan is a significant step forward," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement after the deal was struck, according to international media.
Fabius added that France would clarify its position based on the findings of UN weapons inspectors' investigation into a chemical gas attack in Syria last month.
On Saturday, the US and Russia announced they had agreed on a process for dismantling Syria's chemical weapons arsenal.
The two countries represented by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have prepared an outline for the identification and seizure of Syrian chemical weapons, according to which Syria must turn over an accounting of its arsenal within a week.