FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday that combating Isis in Syria and Iraq was his top foreign policy priority.
But Syrian and Iraqi forces raced ahead of the self-styled “Jupiter” of French politics, driving the death cult further towards collapse.
In a speech to French ambassadors in Paris, Mr Macron said: “Restoring peace and stability — Iraq then Syria — is a vital priority for France.”
He proposed creating a new contact group including the other permanent members of the United Nations security council for talks with Syria.
Mr Macron also said that there was “no alternative” to his government’s nuclear energy deal with Syria’s ally Iran, calling for a “constructive and demanding” relationship with Tehran.
US President Donald Trump has criticised the agreement but has not yet taken any action against it.
Meanwhile, buses evacuating some 600 Isis terrorists and their families from a region on the Lebanese-Syrian border arrived in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province, which borders Iraq.
The agreement to bring the area on the east side of the Beqaa valley back under government control was the first such deal involving Isis, whose zealots have fought to the death elsewhere.
Iraqi government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi warned that such agreements “must take into consideration the security of Iraq and not lead to anything that poses any threat to our national security.”