Tsipras to Macron: Greece will Not Participate in Syria Operations

The Greek Armed Forces will not participate in a possible military operation in Syria, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday.

According to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA), the two men had a telephone conversation to discuss the latest developments in Syria. Tsipras said that the Greek government condemns the use of chemical weapons and stressed that a peaceful solution is needed based on Sweden’s proposal.

The two leaders also discussed Turkey’s actions in Syria, the Aegean and the Mediterranean and discussed the strengthening of defense cooperation between Greece and France.

Macron and Tsipras also spoke about the cooperation between Greece and Cyprus and the latter’s issue of gas and oil exploration and the involvement of French energy company TOTAL.

Other issues that were discussed were the negotiations with creditors on the bailout program that ends in August and the talks about the naming of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.