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France and China back US-Russia arms deal for Syria

France and China back US-Russia arms deal for Syria
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France and China have welcomed the US-Russia agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced a deal for securing and disposing of the arms at a meeting in Geneva on September 14.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi addressed the development at a meeting with his French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Beijing.

Yi said: “A military approach cannot solve the Syria crisis. This is the general consensus of China, France, the US, Russia and the international community. The Syria issue must be set back on the path to political resolution.”

Fabius was also supportive but emphasised that there is a long way to go to resolving the crisis in Syria, saying: “The draft framework agreed in Geneva is represents important progress. Of course it doesn’t resolve everything and there are a number of details to go through.”

Fabius is due to meet Kerry, along with British Foreign Minister William Hague, in Paris on September 16.