France, Germany welcome ‘useful’ meeting with US on Syria

France’s foreign minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, said the meeting Friday in Bonn, Germany, was “particularly useful,” noting that it came a week before the U.N.-backed peace talks in Geneva are to resume.

“It is important and absolutely instrumental for us to have a close dialogue with the United States on the Syrian issue and on many other issues,” Ayrault told reporters.

His German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, said Tillerson had “participated vigorously” in the discussion, which also included top envoys from Italy, Britain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan and the European Union.

Gabriel said those who participated agreed that only a political solution could bring lasting peace to Syria, which has been shaken by war for almost six years.

Source: Angola Press News Agency