Syria has called the deal over its chemical weapons ‘a victory for its government’ in the first official reaction from Damascus by a Syrian minister.
Meanwhile the content of the agreement – which has averted US strikes – will be analysed in talks between the foreign ministers of Britain, France and the US in Paris.
French President Francois Hollande is maintaining a tough approach. Speaking on prime time television he said:
“We can now seriously think of a diplomatic and political solution, but I want to add, to be absolutely clear that the military option must remain. Otherwise there won’t be any pressure. I hope that it can be imposed by the U.N. Security Council.”
Visiting Israel after reaching his deal in Geneva, US Secretary of State John Kerry responded to concerns over Washington’s decision to hold fire on Syria.
He told Israel’s prime minister that it did not mean the US was not prepared to act.
“We cannot have hollow words in the conduct of international affairs because that affects all other issues, whether Iran or North Korea or any other,” said Kerry.
While the US defended the chemical weapons pact, Syrian rebels fear that it has bolstered their enemy in the on-going civil war.
On Sunday President Bashar al Assad’s jets and artillery hit rebel suburbs in the capital once more.