2019-10-22 09:43:06

Shafaq News/ Former French President ,Francois Hollande said in an interview with Agence France-Presse (AFP) that he regretted the situation in Syria, where "all we did not want to win won," from Bashar al-Assad to Vladimir Putin, passing through Tayyip Erdogan.

"What happened at this stage, which could be the last of the Syrian conflict? Those who did not want to win have won: the regime of Bashar, Turkey, which in fact wants to hunt down the Kurds who are our allies, and Vladimir Putin, the peacemaker who brought his soldiers, at the same time with the Iranians, to protect and save the regime of Bashar al-Assad,” Hollande said.

“At the same time, the Western Alliance, which I rightly wanted - and I was one of its main leaders - to eliminate ISIS with the support of the Kurds, sees its ally today being crushed and expelled from the territories. Release them from the camps. ”

For the former Socialist president, these developments, stemming from decisions by US President Donald Trump, raise question marks about the future of NATO and the confidence of US allies.

“We are facing a key question for the future of NATO: how to trust an American president, Donald Trump, who gave Erdogan the green light to intervene in Syria, who declared a false ceasefire, a false ceasefire that will eventually allow the Russians to establish their presence and the Turks to take control of the territories,” he said. That they want? ”.

Hollande said it was time for the U.S. president to give explanations, particularly on the “contradictions” that arose from various crises (commercial, diplomatic…) between “American interests and ours”.

“How can we leave Donald Trump, a member of the Atlantic Alliance and theoretically a country that can intervene to protect Europe, question our interests?” He said, referring in particular to the U.S. president's positions on the Middle East , the status of the Kurds , U.S. tariffs ,European products and the issue of Brexit.

AFP interviewed Hollande on the occasion of the publication of his book "Responding to the Democratic Crisis", which will be published on Wednesday.