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Syria Lashes Out at France Over “Hysteria” On President Assad

Syria Lashes Out at France Over “Hysteria” On President Assad
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By Staff, Agencies

Damascus has lashed out at France over its call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stand trial, describing it as an isolated and detached “hysteria.”

The Syrian foreign ministry on Tuesday cited the Arab country's improving international standing as evidence for the disapproval of France’s desire for Assad’s trial.

Asked during a television interview on Tuesday if she wanted the Syrian leader to be tried, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said, "The answer is yes".

The Syrian foreign ministry reacted to the top French diplomat's comments in a statement on Wednesday.

"We have recently followed the hysteria and isolated and detached positions of French diplomacy, which has lost its senses after the historic decisions of the Arab summit in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia when it comes to Syria," the statement read.

"The backward French diplomacy must review its positions," the ministry added, also accusing France of seeking to "restore the legacy of the colonial era".

The diplomatic overtures were crowned earlier this month with the Arab League's deciding to readmit Syria in the regional grouping, and Assad's addressing of the AL's gathering in the Saudi port city of Jeddah on Friday.