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Thierry Fremaux
We are a festival of peace and sharing. The people who were at the concert last night were doing nothing different from what we're doing here: being together, enjoying freedom, loving and sharing passions. In honor of and with a thought for the victims… and all of our British friends, and to think once again (of those) in France, in Belgium, in Germany, in the United States or in England and everywhere else – in Pakistan and Syria – to all who are victims of this absurdity, this warfare, we observe a minute of silence.feedback
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May 23 2017
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Nikki Haley

We're the No. 1 donor here through this crisis. That's not going to stop. We're not going to stop funding this. The fact that I'm here shows we want to see what else needs to be done. This is all in the name of our Syrian brothers and sisters.feedback

Mustafa Akyol

This whole meeting looked like a 'Sunni international,' in which the main non-Sunni power in the Muslim world, Iran, was bashed by both the American President and his Sunni hosts. This is not going to help anything other than adding to the sectarian divide. It is not fair, either. Iran has lots of sins to account for – including its cynical support for the bloody regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. But most radical Islamist terrorists in the region are Sunni, not Shiite. In fact, in terms of their theology and jurisprudence, they are much closer to Saudi Arabia than Iran.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We are not here to lecture - we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all. Today we begin a new chapter that will bring lasting benefits to our citizens. Responsible nations must work together to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria, eradicate ISIS, and restore stability to the region.feedback

H.R. McMaster

I don't remember exactly what the president said. And, the notes that they apparently have, I do not think are a direct transcript. The gist of the conversation was that the president feels as if he is hamstrung in his ability to work with Russia to find areas of cooperation because this has been obviously so much in the news. But as I mentioned, he raised it in the context of explaining that that he has been, he feels, as if he's been unable to find areas of cooperation with Russia, even as he confronts them in key areas where they're being disruptive, like Syria for example.feedback

Barack Obama

This violence (in Syria) is yet another reminder that there's only one way to end this civil war, as our GCC partners agree - a transitional governing body, a new constitution with free elections, including a transition away from Assad.feedback

Barack Obama

The competition between the Saudis and the Iranians - which has helped to feed proxy wars and chaos in Syria and Iraq and Yemen - requires us to say to our friends as well as to the Iranians that they need to find an effective way to share the neighbourhood and institute some sort of cold peace.feedback

Peter Maurer

The fear is not so much with President (Donald) Trump or (Vladimir) Putin or anyone else in the region but more to discover that we may be late or too late. I am not sure by what we are witnessing on the ground in terms of extremist dynamics that this is easily stoppable even if the powers in the region and the global powers converge politically. We may have waited too long or a very long time to really get serious in terms of finding political solutions to the problems that are fueling the violence, the displacements, the humanitarian suffering.feedback

Borge Brende

Six years of civil war, 400,000 people killed, chemical weapons used against the people of Syria, 3 million children out of school … We're losing a generation if this continues. I think there is a way to break this impasse.feedback

Ursula von der Leyen

If both of them have a common view on which way we should proceed in negotiations, the others will feel enough pressure to sit down and to negotiate seriously. This is crucial for progress.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

If you look at the state of the Russian economy today it is difficult to call it a superpower. Russia is investing a lot when it comes to defense and military activities but when it comes to economic power – forget it. My impression is that the new trends in Washington are not exactly those of paying the bill – am I wrong?feedback

Ayman Safadi

Recent history has shown that the security of Europe begins in the Middle East … If we take care of that, I think we will have taken care of our collective security going forward.feedback

Faysal Itani

We lost it over [Barack Obama's decision in 2013 not to enforce his red line on] chemical weapons, we lost it over the fact that when we have guys on the ground who share our military agenda, we don't protect them, and we give the impression that you can violate with impunity U.S. counterterrorism strategy. But it does mean, yeah, you have to sit down and spend a lot of energy and time on the problem. It's very consuming.feedback

Charles Lister

Iran doesn't want a single American in Syria and they've got an extensive track record of fighting Americans next door in Iraq. Just as Assad and Iran look to be winning the ground war in Syria, the U.S. and its Syrian opposition partners in the south have intensified their own anti-ISIS activities, exerting more and more of an influence and presence in the south.feedback

Ahmad Majidyar

It is too soon to say whether [Thursday]'s strikes mark a significant shift in ... U.S. policy in Syria–although it is the first time the U.S. military is providing air support to rebel groups attacked by pro-Assad forces–or the strikes were a one-time action for force protection purposes. But one thing is clear: As the common enemy–the Islamic State–is losing ground in Iraq and Syria, the prospect of dangerous and direct confrontation between the Iran-backed militia forces and the U.S.-led coalition forces in Syria and Iraq is on the rise.feedback

Charles Lister

Simultaneously, the U.S. is making no secret of its intent in northeastern Syria, where [the U.S. military] now operate[s] at least two airbases. All of this represents a very serious challenge to Iranian hard-won gains in Syria and the prospect for a contiguous land corridor from Tehran, to Baghdad, to Damascus, and to Beirut. That's Iran's ultimate dream objective in the Middle East and U.S. zones of influence in Syria's north and south threaten that very much.feedback

Faysal Itani

I never thought it made sense to compartmentalize the ISIS problem from the geographies and the geopolitics and the military realities of the war.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

It is illegitimate, it is unlawful and the latest gross violation of the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic.feedback

Mikhail Bogdanov

The impression that the new administration gives is that it does not have any tactics, nor more importantly does it have any strategy. It apparently searches for any way of solving problems, as it thinks, and maybe it is not very interested in some problems at all.feedback

Waleed Al Sudairy

When he talked about banning Muslims, people were a little bit scared. But when he bombed Syria, the mood changed. His language bothered me, but I pay more attention to his actions.feedback

Faisal J. Abbas

You should have seen the kind of sentiment when he actually delivered the strike on Syria. Trump was almost kind of a national hero across the region.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We are not increasing our role in the Syrian civil war, but we will defend our troops. And that is a coalition element made up of more than just U.S. troops, and so we will defend ourselves [if] people take aggressive steps against us. And that's been a going-in policy of ours for a long time.feedback

Adam Kinzinger

Well, I don't talk to murderous dictators like Vladimir Putin. He says that he doesn't use GPS-guided bombs to bomb hospitals in Syria, and we know that to be untrue, so Putin's word to me doesn't mean a whole lot. If they want to send some information, we'll be interested to look. But it'll be interesting to me why there would be any kind of an account of what was discussed from the Russians in the White House.feedback

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

Any type of reduction of violence, in this case de-escalation, cannot be sustained unless there is a political horizon in one direction or the other. That is exactly what we are pushing for.feedback

Ahmad al-Hammadi

Satan can take lessons in crime from the regime. Regarding cremations, these are usually secret matters but not surprising. They are killing thousands. So how are they going to get rid of their bodies?feedback

Donald J. Trump

We've had a great relationship and we will make it even better. We look forward to having very strong and solid discussions. We also appreciate Turkey's leadership in seeking an end to the horrific killing in Syria.feedback

Ragip Soylu

Turkish officials specifically conveyed to their American counterparts at the highest levels almost in every meeting that Turkey would continue to hit the YPG whenever Ankara feels [it] necessary or feels threatened. A senior Turkish official would not confirm, but many other sources suggested that Turkey sees the area at a 30-kilometer distance across the border in Syria as a red line for YPG movement.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

The United States is sending a strong message with this action that we will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons by any actor and we intend to hold the Assad regime accountable for its unacceptable behavior.feedback

H.R. McMaster

What the president shared was wholly appropriate. The story combined what was leaked with other information and the insinuated about sources and methods. He made the decision in the context of the conversation, which was wholly appropriate... The president was meeting with the foreign minister about the terrorist threat. He'd also raised some difficult issues: what we expected in terms of different behaviour from Russia in key areas like Ukraine, and in Syria.feedback

Ivan Kurilla

The problem is that both Russia and the U.S. mean different things when they talk about the fight against terrorism in Syria. The question is whether they will try to bridge the gap in their understanding.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We support Turkey in the first fight against terror and terror groups like ISIS and the PKK, and ensure they have no safe quarter, the terror groups. We also appreciate Turkey's leadership in seeking an end to the horrific killing in Syria. The Syrian civil war shocks the conscience of the whole world. And all you have to do is look in the front page of the papers today and you'll see exactly what we're talking about. We also support any effort that can be used to reduce the violence in Syria and create the conditions for a peaceful resolution.feedback

Daniel Byman - The Brookings Institution

Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Syria, and Pakistan have all reportedly penetrated Al Qaeda with human assets. In some cases, certain of these countries will 'run' the agent in cooperation with the United States.feedback

Heather Nauert

Simply put, the killing, the devastation has gone on for far too long in Syria.feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

Various U.N. entities have regularly documented and reported on human rights violations in Syria, including torture in the context of detention.feedback

Jack Reed

If it's accurate, it's disturbing because it's divulging information about operations in Syria which could be exploited not only by the Russians to interrupt intelligence operations that they feel are threatening to them.feedback

Stuart Jones

The United States is on record, has stated many times, that we are appalled by the atrocities that have been carried out by the Syrian regime. And these atrocities have been carried out seemingly with the unconditional support from Russia and Iran. Russia must now, with great urgency, exercise its influence over the Syrian regime to guarantee that horrific violations stop now. Beginning in 2013, the Syrian regime modified a building within the Saydnaya complex to support what we believe is a crematorium.feedback

Theresa May

The atrocious violence that is being shown against civilians in Syria is at the hands of the Assad regime, and no one should forget that.feedback

Stuart Jones

We believe that the building of a crematorium is an effort to cover up the extent of mass murders taking place in Saydnaya prison. In light of the failures of the past cease-fire agreements, we have reason to be skeptical. The [Assad) regime must stop all attacks on civilian and opposition forces. And Russia must bear responsibility to ensure regime compliance.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

If we are strategic allies we must take decisions as an alliance. If the alliance is to be overshadowed we'll have to sort things out for ourselves. It is a slander of the Obama administration. Unfortunately now they have left the Syria and Iraq problem in Trump's lap. Now we will conduct the final talks. After that we will make our final decision.feedback

Stuart Jones

This information has been developing and with the meeting last week between Foreign Minister Lavrov and the Secretary, this was an opportune time to remind people about the atrocities that are being carried out inside of Syria.feedback

Adam Schiff

That the Russians would be the potential recipients of this intelligence and may be able to determine its source is all the more problematic, since the Russian interest in Syria and elsewhere is, in many respects, deeply antithetical to our own.feedback

Stuart Jones

We believe that the building of a crematorium is an effort to cover up the extent of mass murders taking place at Saydnaya Prison. If you have that level of production of mass murder then using the crematorium would allow the regime to manage that number of corpses coming out of the prison complex. An "opportune time to remind people about the atrocities being carried out within Syria all the time. This is one discreet additive piece of evidence.feedback

Joseph Scrocca

I guess it is unusual, but I don't think it is odd. We admit that there is probably evidence in these cases that we don't have. We're not able to interview every single victim out there or their families. We don't have people on the ground for that.feedback

Chris Woods

We had this huge public database, and they weren't using it. It was kind of laid out on a platter for them.feedback

Michael Grimes - Navy

We kind of consider them part of the team. A lot of the allegations we get can be very vague. It makes the job extremely difficult when we don't have specific information.feedback

Ahmad Khatib

They besieged us and even medicines for children or any supplies were no longer left ... and people died of hunger.feedback

Anne McElvoy

The NHS malware case highlighted the need to deal with the necessity of digital records and security. At a session with Google geeks at their ZeitgeistMinds meeting last week, someone asked how long would it be before the kind of hacks we have seen hit governments’ security services came home to people in their daily lives.feedback

Alessandro Michele - Gucci Group

We have all kinds of customers. Everybody is free to do what they want. Diversity in Europe was not a big discussion. It's a problem that still exists. We're in a very different moment when you think about Italy and [refugees from] Syria. It's not just something you read in the newspaper. It's in your life. In England, when you had Margaret Thatcher, it was one of the most creative moments. We have to use our voice. I don't want to just talk about dress. The way you think is important.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

That is the decision we will inherit as a Labour government and that is what the position is. The new US president seems determined to add to the dangers by recklessly escalating the confrontation with North Korea, unilaterally launching missile strikes on Syria, opposing President Obama's nuclear arms deal with Iran, and backing a new nuclear arms race.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

The second goal is to give the militants who want reconciliation with the state a chance … to settle their cases, hand over their weapons in return for amnesty.feedback

Tim Ramadan

The city is now completely under the control of Arab fighters for the first time since 2013. There are no Westerners left.feedback

Asaad Almohammad

Recently obtained information indicates that a large number of leading foreign and local members of Isil and their families were moved to the city of Mayadin and towns in close vicinity of it. It is clearly viewed by Isil as a safe haven.feedback

Shervan Derwish

We know that many Daesh, mostly foreigners, headed south to Deir Ezzor on April 26. The city is much better protected and much safer as Raqqa comes under attack from coalition forces.feedback

Antonio Sampaio

The police has been a particularly problematic institution in Pena Nieto's administration, highlighted by the most high-profile crime of his time in office – the 2014 disappearance of 43 students from a teachers' college in Guerrero state, following a protest against a local political family with links to the United Warriors criminal group. Investigators believe that local police officers abducted the students and handed them over to the United Warriors, who tortured and murdered them – although so far the case remains unsolved.feedback

Antonio Sampaio

Following the students' disappearance, Pena Nieto resurrected an old proposal to abolish municipal police agencies and place officers directly under state governments' oversight. This proposal has a real chance of improving police performance – but so far has been stalled in congress.feedback

Antonio Sampaio

The most recent wave of violence can be traced back to a militarisation, an arms race of sorts, by criminal groups seeking the most effective tools of intimidation against rivals and the state. The aim of the groups was autonomy – over urban territories and illicit economies such as cocaine smuggling, heroin production and, increasingly, synthetic drugs laboratories.feedback

Abdulrazak al-Hussein

We heard that our home was going to be Qatar, then Lebanon or Macau. I don't know what happened exactly. There shouldn't be all these rejections and non-acceptances.feedback

Anas Ammo

Assad was keen to show people that athletes and artists were strongly supporting him because those are the people with the most influence in the street. The marches were obligatory. They are basically forced to play, otherwise they may kill their relatives.feedback

Nihad Saadeddine

The players who are here, there are a large number who were injured or detained.feedback

Fadi Dabbas

The regime protects the Syrian people, and their problem is they are outside of Syria and represent only themselves.feedback

Fajer Ebrahim

Everything is linked now. Everything's related.feedback

Ayman Kasheet

There is a contradiction between FIFA's decisions and its rules. They issue a directive to freeze a federation because of political interference, while at the same time there is all-out war occurring in a country where stadiums are being used to store military equipment, where children and soccer players under 18 years of age are dying, where soccer players are being thrown in prison. All this is taking place and there is abundant proof, but where is the decision? This is hypocrisy.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me. The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey, including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so sad! We want to see the killing, the horrible killing, stopped in Syria as soon as possible and everyone is working toward that end.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The fight against the terrorist organisation Islamic State should not be carried out with another terrorist organisation. This kind of step would endanger the future of Syria and the region. It's obvious where the wrong steps taken in the past brought Syria.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We had a very, very good meeting with Mr. Lavrov. We want to see the killing, the horrible killing, stopped in Syria as soon as possible and everyone is working toward that end. The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey, including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so sad!feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We discussed Syria in great detail in the context of the ideas that have been put forth regarding the setting up of de-escalation areas. We have got a common understanding regarding the fact that that should be a step that would contribute to the cessation of violence throughout the territory of Syria. It will be a step to contribute to the settlement of humanitarian problems. I never thought that I would have to answer such questions, particularly being in the U.S. There is not a single fact, there is no compelling evidence given to anyone regarding Russia's intervention and that's it.feedback

Hilary Webster

We have students from Arabic-speaking countries (Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran), Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Thailand), Pacific Islands (Samoa, Fiji) and various African countries, as well as two students recently arrived from Greece and one Aboriginal student. These children are Australia's future, and their aspirational parents all want them to be successful Aussies.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Labour supports the renewal of the Trident submarine system. But any prime minister should be extremely cautious about ordering the use of weapons of mass destruction which would result in the indiscriminate killing of millions of innocent civilians. As a nuclear armed power, our country has a responsibility to fulfil our international obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Labour will lead multilateral efforts with international partners and the UN to create a nuclear free world.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Of course I know what the party policy is and of course I understand the decision that was taken.feedback

Hassan Hassan

That is why we are seeing more pro-Iranian militias being built in or for northern and eastern Syria in recent months. For now, things look tolerable for Iran, but it is not clear what the U.S. could do with their buildup in that region. It can go different ways, depending on the U.S. thinking down the road.feedback

Rod Nordland

Afghanistan would become a Taliban state again in a fairly short time, or at the very least the Taliban would reconquer large parts of the country. ISIS would probably roll back Iraqi forces from Mosul and might even threaten Baghdad again, and ISIS would be expanding rather than shrinking in Syria, as it is now. The Damascus regime would be less affected, since the American military role is only oriented against ISIS, and the regime is much more threatened by other opposition rebels than ISIS.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

Our intent is to work with the Turks, alongside one another, to take Raqqa down, and we're going to sort it out and we'll figure out how we're going to do it. But we will work it out ... War sometimes doesn't give you all good options. That's the nature of war. It's not a good situation.feedback

Amal El-Wahabi

I am not ISIS. I went to Syria because there was oppression in my country.feedback

Aine Davis

I want to make clear I am innocent of the charges… I don't even know why this case has taken so long to judge. I just want my freedom.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

That's not to say we all walk into the room with exactly the same appreciation of the problem or the path forward. We're going to sort it out. We'll figure out how we're going to do it. We've been conducting military and diplomatic dialogue with the Turks and it was a very, very useful discussion today.feedback

David Victor

All the issues around Turkey, Syria, and Russia are going to play out in Europe as much as here. I think [Trump] is going start learning, especially as the G20 process unfolds, that pissing off the Europeans for no reason is not a good idea.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We shall see. If we can find space for something we feel we can begin to rebuild some level of trust, because today there is almost no trust between us.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We'll look at the proposal, see if it can work. Will it affect the fight against ISIS? I think the international community is united in the sense of wanting to see ISIS put on its back foot.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

It is the duty of these armed groups to force the Nusra Front (al-Qaida branch) and others to leave their areas in order for this area to become an area of de-escalation.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

The devil is always in the details, right? So we have to look at the details, see if we can work them out, see if we think they're going to be effective.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

It's all in process right now. Who is going to be ensuring they're safe? Who is signing up for it? Who is specifically to be kept out of them? All these details are to be worked out and we're engaged. All wars eventually come to an end. And we've been looking, for a long time, how to bring this one to an end.feedback

Sami Kafawin

They consider the camp a safe haven. We consider it an imminent threat. It's difficult to protect. You need a no fly zone, you need 24-hour patrols and you need, for sure, ground forces. I don't think it's possible without U.S. support.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

All wars eventually come to an end and we've been looking for a long time how to bring this one to an end. So we'll look at the proposal and see if it can work.feedback

Walid al-Moallem

We do not accept a role for the United Nations or international forces to monitor the agreement. The Syrian army will be prepared to respond in a decisive manner.feedback

Charles Lister

Moscow has invested all of its cards in the Astana process. Russia has a great deal to lose should this initiative fall apart, which makes acquiring a more committed U.S. statement of support extremely important.feedback

Walid al-Moallem

There will be no presence by any international forces supervised by the United Nations. The Russian guarantor has clarified that there will be military police and observation centres. There are still logistical details that will be discussed in Damascus and we will see the extent of commitment to this agreement.feedback

Elbio Rosselli

There are consultations going on. Give it breathing room.feedback

Mohammed al-Homsi

Despite some violations the situation is much calmer than before.feedback

Aron Lund

If or when it starts to crumble, it could also lead to destabilizing recriminations among the three signatories and their allies. While the deal is unlikely to end the Syrian conflict, it may help shape its future - for better and for worse.feedback

Aron Lund

If that happens, we would be looking at a more serious effort than anything in the past.feedback

Abou Badweh

How can I trust these safe areas? If they can't deliver any aid or medicine into besieged areas in Syria, how can I trust them enough to go back inside my country and live in a big prison?feedback

Ahmet Üzümcü

I am not able to say that there was a violation, there was a clandestine program which continued after Syria joined the Convention, but there are certainly some gaps, inconsistencies, discrepancies, as we put forward in our report to the executive council.feedback

Zakaria Abdelkafi

I'm extremely happy that my picture is famous around the world, and at the same time I feel extremely sad when I think of the man's pain. They remind me of the protesters in Syria. Except that in Syria, we are scared of the police. Here, these protesters are the ones who are violent.feedback

Zakaria Abdelkafi

I'm used to taking this kind of picture because the situation in Syria was difficult.feedback

Zakaria Abdelkafi

We could show how people lived. I was protesting and taking pictures at the same time to show the world that we are against the regime.feedback

Geert Cappelaere - UNICEF

Children have been facing true atrocities. The scars of six years of war upon children are multiple and are very, very deep scars.feedback

Sam Gough

There are also lots of children who don't have documents and their families are too scared to get them to Beirut to have medical assessments. That is a huge problem as well.feedback

Osama Abu Zaid

We are against the division of Syria. As for the agreements, we are not a party to that agreement and of course we will never be in favor (of it) as long as Iran is called a guarantor state. We have an agreement already (in) our hands, why isn't it implemented? Why are we jumping now to safe zones?feedback

Osama Abu Zaid

We refuse any role for Iran and militias affiliated with it. We refuse for it (Iran) to play any role as guarantor, considering it's a nation with hostilities against the Syrian people.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We as guarantors – Turkey, Iran, Russia – will do everything for this to work.feedback

Osama Abu Zaid

We demand guarantee of aid entry, the immediate release of detainees and a cessation of hostilities.feedback

Yasuhiro Hishida

The number of applications from regions which generate lots of refugees, such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, is small.feedback

David Ignatius

Into the deadly morass of the Syrian war, Russian President Vladimir Putin has dropped a new peace proposal that calls for establishing safe zones in several parts of the country, grounding the Syria air force and possibly creating buffer zones between combatants to be monitored by international peacekeeping troops.feedback

Hillary Clinton

Now, the North Koreans are always interested, not just Kim Jong-un, but his father before him, were always interested in trying to get Americans to come to negotiate, to elevate their status and their position, she said. We should be very careful about giving that away. You should not offer that in the absence of broader strategic framework to try to get China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, to put the kind of pressure on the regime that will finally bring them to the negotiating table with some kind of realistic prospect for change. Syria, one of those wicked problems.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We never interfere in the political life and the political processes of other countries, and we don't want anybody interfering in our political life and foreign policy processes. Certainly, without the participation of such a party as the United States, it is also impossible to solve these problems effectively. So we are and will continue to be in contact with our American partners, and I hope that we will attain understanding there regarding joint steps in this very important and sensitive area of international relations today.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We all take the view that we need to... create mechanisms that would guarantee a cessation of bloodshed and create the conditions for the start of a political dialogue. In this respect our position and that of the Turkish president totally coincide.feedback

Masoumeh Ebtekar

But it's natural for the people living in this region to defend themselves, it's very natural for Lebanon to defend itself, Syria, the Palestinians. So defense is another issue.feedback

Samuel Ramani

As Russia has close economic links with other countries at odds with the West – like Iran, Venezuela and Syria – this symbolic dimension of the Russia-North Korea relationship has strategic significance.feedback

Nikki Haley

Assad has no incentive to stop using chemical weapons as long as Russia continues to protect his regime from consequences. If Russia has the influence in Syria that it claims to have, we need to see them use it. We need to see them put an end to these horrific acts. How many more children have to die before Russia cares?feedback

John McCain

Now is not the time to send a signal to Russia that all is forgotten or forgiven. It is time for the Senate to take real action, including increased sanctions, to punish Russia's destabilizing behavior and counter its malign influence.feedback

Alex Fishman

Israel still has to walk on eggshells and attack only if the destruction of the target is vital and pertains directly to Israeli security.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We cannot but use this visit to discuss bilateral relations and the most problematic points, by which I mean Ukraine and Syria and maybe some other regions.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Those guilty must be found and punished. But this can be only done after an impartial investigation. A solution in Syria can be only found by peaceful means and under the aegis of the United Nations.feedback

Abdulah Khalef Hamid

It was three in the morning when Daesh came and started to shoot at people. I was wounded and they thought I was dead so they left me. We were around 200 families, they left at sunrise.feedback

Daniela Greene

I was weak and didn't know how to handle anything anymore. I really made a mess of things this time. If I talk to you my family will be in danger.feedback

Daniela Greene

I was weak and didn't know how to handle anything anymore I really made a mess of things this time. I am gone and I can't come back. I am in Syria. Sometimes I wish I could just come back. I wouldn't even know how to make it through if I tried to come back. I am in a very harsh environment and I don't know how long I will last here, but it doesn't matter, it's all a little too late.feedback

Thomas Garofalo

We are appalled and saddened to hear of the attacks today in Hasakeh province.feedback

Adrienne Watson

Trump's bromance with Putin appears to be back on track. Instead of sending Putin a tough message on backing Assad's brutal regime, Trump appears to be opting for a strategy of appeasement. Just days ago, Trump once again cast doubt on whether Russia attacked our democracy. With no apparent talk of Russia's abysmal record on human rights, no clear message on Assad's future in Syria, and no condemnation of Russia's continued aggression in Ukraine, it's clear that ultimately, Putin is getting what he wants from Trump.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Things will work out fine between the U.S.A. and Russia. At the right time everyone will come to their senses & there will be lasting peace!feedback

Bashar al-Assad

The objective of displacing Assad, as a prerequisite of any settlement, with the current means and policy, has proved unachievable. Despite the chemical attack and the recent escalation of military conflict Assad, with Russian support, remains in power. There are no good options available in Syria but the recent chemical attack, the urgency of the humanitarian crisis, with the potential to destabilise the EU and countries of the Middle East with refugees, requires the UK, and international community, to redouble its efforts to achieve a negotiated solution.feedback

John Kirby

It's a stunning embarrassment for the FBI, no doubt about it. So for her to be able to get in as an American, as a woman, as an FBI employee and to be able to take up residence with a known ISIS leader, that all had to be co-ordinated.feedback

Bob Corker

Let's face it, the drive for Russia sanctions was that many people on the left and right were concerned that the administration may try to undo the sanctions on Ukraine and Crimea, and – I'll just use this word – on a cheap deal relative to Syria. I don't think anybody has that fear anymore. And so the desire to act quickly has dissipated, there's no reason to do that because no one feels that's really going to happen anymore.feedback

Kenneth Roth - Human Rights Watch

All four of these attacks were in areas where opposition or ISIS forces were launching an offensive that threatened government military air bases. The decision to ratchet up to this level seems to have been related to that unfavorable battlefield situation. The pattern shows that the Syrian government retained sarin or some similar nerve agent after its August 2013 eastern Ghouta attack despite having agreed to hand over all chemical weapons to U.N. inspectors.feedback

Abdallah al-Zoubi

Our involvement in the project represents a tiny bit of the greater efforts Jordan is exerting in hosting the unfortunate children of Syria who are facing extreme conditions living in the desert. We hope that the results and outcomes of the project will ease the suffering of refugees and lead to a dignified stay in Jordan before their final short journey back home.feedback

Jackson Diehl

Syrian and Russian planes have continued to pound civilian targets, including multiple hospitals.feedback

Redur Khalil

We hope that this military mobilisation is not meant to provoke our forces or for another purpose linked to entering Syrian territories. We don't want any military confrontation between us, since our priority is to fight Daesh [ISIL] in Raqqa and Tabqa.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We will be forced to continue (our offensives). We won't provide a date and time for when we'll come. But they will know that the Turkish military can come.feedback

Leon E. Panetta

I think the world has drawn some degree of comfort by virtue of the national security team, but there are still mixed messages going out as to whether there is any underlying strategy to the steps he's taking on Syria and North Korea.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Unfortunately ... the presence of an American flag along with the [insignia] of a terror organisation called YPG in a convoy has seriously saddened us. We will bring this up when we meet Mr President on May 16. This needs to be stopped right now. Otherwise it will continue to be a bother in the region and for us. It will also bother us as two NATO countries and strategic partners. I said yesterday: 'We can come unexpectedly in the night'. I really meant that. We are not going to tip off the terror groups and the Turkish Armed Forces could come at any moment.feedback

Yisrael Katz

It absolutely matches our declared policy, a policy that we also implement.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The YPG, and you know who's supporting them, is attacking us with mortars. But we will make those places their grave, there is no stopping. Let us, huge America, all these coalition powers and Turkey, let us join hands and turn Raqqa to Daesh's grave.feedback

Antonio Bocelli

There is a series of message exchanges in the chat rooms they used, showing that their purpose was to go to fight in Syria, even with the maximum personal sacrifice.feedback

Ilham Ahmed

The United States should maintain its support for Syria's Kurds -- whether Ankara likes it or not.feedback

Louis Caprioli

Yes, there is work throughout the whole education system, but again teachers need to be trained. Teachers are currently being asked to pay attention, to be whistleblowers , but they should still be trained for that. And it is obvious that from adolescence, one should pay attention to inappropriate behaviour from certain boys. It is true, I believe that interventions such as the mother of the paratrooper assassinated in 2012 are a model to be developed because we are getting to the heart of the problem.feedback

Louis Caprioli

It is not a video being shown, it is a woman who lost her son and who explains the drama that she lived and the tragedy that radicalisation causes.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I never talk about what I do militarily. I've been complaining about that for years. In terms of Syria, I just don't talk about it. People say, Will you do something with Syria?' I just don't talk about it.feedback

Boris Johnson

If the United States has a proposal to have some sort of action in response to a chemical weapons attack, and if they come to us and ask for our support, whether it is with submarine cruise missiles in the Med or whatever it happens to be, in my view, and I know this is also the view of the prime minister, it would be very difficult for us to say no. In recent years we have seen an increase in the global tally of deaths from wars. We and our allies face threats from countries with a nuclear weapons capacity, and from those trying to acquire that capacity….feedback

Theresa May

Boris is doing a great job, and Boris and I and every Conservative candidate will be out there across the country fighting to win this election for the future of our country.feedback

Clinton Watts

The tone has changed across the Russian information networks, including RT. The first time there was an indication they're not happy with the administration was when missiles started to land in Syria. It's not the level that we saw with Secretary Clinton, not that aggressive, but certainly more antagonistic than they had been.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

We continue to consider that all countries need to refrain from any kind of actions that lead to an increase in tension in this already restive region and call for respect for the sovereignty of Syria.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We don't need unilateral action, we need to work through the UN, but above all we need to bend ourselves totally to getting a political settlement in Syria and allow the inspectors space to work, allow them to make sure we know who did that terrible chemical weapons attack and also recognise that the inspectors there are already destroying any stocks of chemical weapons that they find. If the president does ask for that, we're now into a period where there's virtually a caretaker government.feedback

Petr Iliichev

Neither you nor Western colleagues said a single word about what you are doing to improve the situation.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I directed this action in order to degrade the Syrian military's ability to conduct further chemical weapons attacks and to dissuade the Syrian regime from using or proliferating chemical weapons, thereby promoting the stability of the region and averting a worsening of the region's current humanitarian catastrophe. I acted in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.feedback

Maria V. Zakharova

Moscow condemns acts of aggression against Syria and regards them impermissible and running counter to international law. We are urging one and all to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, a UN member-state.feedback

Rami Abdel Rahman - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

The blast was huge and could be heard in Damascus. It's unclear what caused the explosion, but there are fires raging at the site.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

In the Middle East, belligerents are breaking the norm against chemical weapons. The recent attack in Syria was a horrific reminder of the stakes. There can be no impunity for these crimes.feedback

Seth Meyers

President Trump unveiled his new tax plan today, and it's pretty much the same as his old plan. He's not going to pay them.feedback

Boris Johnson

If the US has a proposal to have some sort of action in response to a chemical weapons attack and if they come to us and ask for our support, whether it's with submarine-based cruise missiles in the (Mediterranean), or whatever it happens to be, it would be in my view, and I know this is also the view of the Prime Minister, very difficult for us to say no. I think that needs to be tested. As I said I think it would be very difficult for us to say no. How exactly we were able to implement that would be for the Government, the Prime Minister.feedback

Boris Johnson

I've explained that figure many many times, and it is correct. The £350m expresses the total that we do not control every week. When we take back control it will be possible for the government of the day to use that cash on the priorities of this country, which could include the NHS.feedback

Boris Johnson

For me the important thing is that it is the UK government that decides. The numbers are high at the moment. The higher education economy is of immense value to the UK. Of all the kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers in the world, one in seven was educated at university in this country. So I value international students. I'm in favour of talented people including students being able to come here. But I'm also in favour of us, as a country, being able to decide our own priorities.feedback

Boris Johnson

I think that needs to be tested. How we exactly implement that would be for the government and for prime minister to decide. But if the Americans were once again forced by the actions of the Assad regime ... and they asked us to help, it would be very difficult to say 'no'. If you are saying they get the money before substantive talks then that is obviously not going to happen. There is no reason at all why the UK should be paying huge sums of money in the long term for trading with the rest of the EU.feedback

Yisrael Katz

I can confirm that the incident in Syria completely conforms to Israel's policy, [which is] to act so as to prevent the smuggling of advanced weapons from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon by Iran. When we receive intelligence that points to the intention to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah, we will act. This incident conforms completely to that policy.feedback

Emanuele Ottolenghi

We don't know for sure, but let's say that we can fairly safely assume that the weaponry and fighters reach Damascus through these daily flights.feedback

Maha Yahya

Iran and Hezbollah are overstretched, and it's not clear they can afford to gamble with a direct showdown with Israel now. Iran knows no matter how powerful they've become, they can't be fighting on two fronts at the same time. Most likely they see a window of opportunity where their intervention can degrade Hezbollah's military power.feedback

Yisrael Katz

I want to achieve an understanding, an agreement between the U.S. and Israel ... not to let Iran have permanent military forces in Syria, by air, by land, by sea. It was important morally and strategically.feedback

Leon E. Panetta

He's got a great national security team. He's been willing to listen to them. And he's willing to change positions if necessary on China, on Syria, on NATO and some other areas.feedback

Michael Farr

To forget risk is increasing as prices rise is perilous. This is a bull market, and this is what bull markets do. They embrace good news. They dismiss bad news. They don't care about 59 missiles in Syria. They don't care about U.S. troops off the coast of North Korea. They infer positive news from France. They like the news of big tax cuts, and they just go higher.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

In Europe, things have become very serious in terms of the extent of Islamophobia. The EU is closing its doors on Turkey and Turkey isn't closing its doors on anybody. If they're not acting sincerely we have to find a way out. Why should we wait any longer? We're talking about 54 years. I'm very curious as to how the EU is going to act. There is not a single thing that we are not ready to do, the minute they ask for it. Whatever they wish, we do. But still they are keeping us at the door. Assad is not the address for a prospective solution in Syria.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

We know, from a certain source, that the process of fabrication of the samples taken is typical of the method developed in Syrian laboratories. This method is the signature of the regime and it is what enables us to establish the responsibility of the attack. We know because we kept samples from previous attacks that we were able to use for comparison.feedback

Regan Murphy

Congress is giving him a hard time, but he's actually taking action like with the bombing in Syria. We voted for him to make changes. If we voted for that change, then we can't fight him on everything.feedback

Dominic Grieve

This failure to provide what we consider to be relevant documents is profoundly disappointing. The Government should be more transparent about these matters and permit proper scrutiny of them. (The) investigation of Khan's activities led to the disruption of the attacks he planned, thereby avoiding what could have been very significant loss of life.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

We have definite sources that the procedure used to make the Sarin sampled is typical of the methods developed in Syrian laboratories. This method bears the signature of the regime, and that is what has allowed us to establish its responsibility in this attack. Only the regime has such air assets.feedback

Eric Trump

Ivanka is a mother of three kids and she has influence. I'm sure she said: 'Listen, this is horrible stuff.' My father will act in times like that.feedback

Kelly E. Magsamen

A conflict on the peninsula would be unlike anything we have seen in decades. North Korea is not a Syria, it's not an Iraq. The consequences could be extremely high.feedback

Khaled Abboud

The sanctions are new attempts by the U.S. administration to put pressure on the Syrian state.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We should not be focusing on Syria. You're going to end up in World War III over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton. Our nation faces serious and growing threats – and many of them stem from problems that have been unaddressed for far too long.feedback

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro

Then for 15 minutes, he gave me a lecture. We don't have any hope that the Syrians will cooperate with us. A lot of organisations are documenting the war crimes, they are serious and committed people, but of course they are funded by states that have a vested interest. At least we are being funded by the regular budget of the United Nations.feedback

Ahmad Jamal

Any operation that is carried out by the Turkish government without any co-ordination with the Iraqi government is totally rejected.feedback

Mark Toner

We are very concerned, deeply concerned, that Turkey conducted airstrikes earlier today in northern Syria as well as northern Iraq without proper co-ordination with either the United States or the broader global coalition to defeat ISIS. These airstrikes were not approved by the coalition and led to the unfortunate loss of life of our partner forces in the fight against ISIS that includes members of the Kurdish peshmerga.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It hasn't lived up to the potential. I see a day when there's a conflict where the United Nations, you get together, and you solve the conflict. You just don't see the United Nations, like, solving conflicts. I think that's going to start happening now. On Syria, the council failed again this month to respond to Syria's use of chemical weapons. The status quo in North Korea is also unacceptable, and the council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs.feedback

Alistair Hay

It is quite possible the concentrations of sarin would have dispersed by the time White Helmets arrived. But sarin adheres to a lot of different material and it should be possible to gather evidence in soil or clothing.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

We take Syria's disregard for innocent human life very seriously, and will relentlessly pursue and shut down the financial networks of all individuals involved with the production of chemical weapons used to commit these atrocities. The United States is sending a strong message with this action that we will hold the entire Assad regime accountable for these blatant human rights violations in order to deter the spread of these types of barbaric chemical weapons.feedback

Donald J. Trump

This is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or not. North Korea is a big world problem, and it's a problem that we have to finally solve. On Syria, the Council failed again this month to respond to Syria's use of chemical weapons. A great disappointment; I was very disappointed by that. If we do a great job, I care much less about the budget, because you're talking about peanuts compared to the important work you're doing.feedback

Jacob Waerness - Lafarge

Quite early, in 2011 we discussed if an armed group occupies the area around the cement plant, we have to leave. We were not breaching any sanctions. We were a Syrian company -- we had a responsibility to operate.feedback

Eric Olsen

My decision is driven by my conviction that it will contribute to addressing strong tensions that have recently arisen around the Syria case. While I was absolutely not involved in, nor even aware of, any wrongdoing I believe my departure will contribute to bringing back serenity to a company that has been exposed for months on this case.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I never realized how big it was. Everything's so… like, you know the orders are so massive. Number one, there's great responsibility. When it came time to, as an example, send out the 59 missiles, the Tomahawks in Syria. I'm saying to myself, You know, this is more than just like, 79 (sic) missiles. This is death that's involved,' because people could have been killed.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It's a different kind of a presidency. When it came time to, as an example, send out the 59 missiles, the Tomahawks in Syria. Here, everything, pretty much everything you do in government involves heart, whereas in business most things don't involve heart. In fact, in business you're actually better off without it. This is a very tough environment. Not caused necessarily by me.feedback

Yannick Jadot

Putin is the one who validates chemical weapons massacres in Syria and an absolutely totalitarian regime in Chechnya that is the process of massacring homosexuals.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I want us to say 'Listen, let's get people around the table quickly' and a way of achieving that - suspending the strikes, possibly.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I think the leader of Isis not being around would be helpful and I'm no supporter or defender in any whatsoever of Isis, I'm sure you would concede, but I would also argue that the bombing campaign has killed a large number of civilians, many of whom were virtually prisoners of Isis, you have got to think about these things. At the end of the day the only solution in Syria is going to be a political one. There is no other way of getting it. There has to be a reconvening quickly of the Geneva process.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I would say to President Trump, listen, it's in nobody's interest for this war to continue let';s get the Geneva process going quickly and in the meantime no more strikes, have the UN investigation into the war crime of the use of chemical weapons in Syria and take it on from there.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

What is the objective? To have more strikes that would kill more possibly innocent people, or to get a political solution in Syria? Does this help to get a political solution? I think the leader of Isis not being around would be helpful, but I would also argue that the bombing campaign has killed a large number of civilians, many of them virtual prisoners of Isis.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I will tell him I want to see a process that brings about an end to the conflict. The only solution in Syria is going to be a political one. I would say to President Trump, it's in no one's interests for this war to continue.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

What I would tell them is: give me the information you've got, tell me how accurate that is, tell me what you think can be achieved by this. Can I take you back to the whole point? What is the objective here? Is the objective to start more strikes which may kill many innocent people, as has happened? Or is the objective to get a political solution in Syria? My whole point would be: does this help to get a political solution in Syria and approach it from that position.feedback

Donald J. Trump

President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside.feedback

John Thomas - International Security

Abdurakhmon Uzbeki, an ISIS operative, was killed by U.S. forces working on operation near al Mayadin Syria to kill him. Uzbeki facilitated the movement of ISIS foreign terror fighters and funds, and he also played a key role in ISIS's external terror-attack plotting. He facilitated the high-profile attack in Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve. We have a campaign against the leaders of ISIS. You can look through the history of strikes and think we have a pretty good record of finding these folks and killing them.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

We sense a great change in the direction of American policy. We noted the very clear and forthright words, Mr. Secretary, that you had to say about Iran. This follows very strong and forthright words on the part of President Trump and very forthright deeds against the use of chemical weapons by Iran's proxy, Syria.feedback

Mohammed Iqbel

ISIL works on three levels: short, medium and long term. In the short term, it worked on recruitment – getting young people to leave their country for Libya, and especially Syria and Iraq. After that, it was the departure of entire families.feedback

Charlie Chaplin

And nowadays it's perhaps even more relevant - with what's going on in Syria. There are people who still deny the Holocaust, too.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

The Qatari hunters entered Iraq's territory in an official way, and they were granted visas. They should have been directly protected by the Ministry of Interior, but unfortunately, they were abducted.feedback

Monzer Khalil

This will repeat in other places. If Europe and America are honest, to preserve the values they are defending, they should fight this oppression. There should be political pressure on the regime.feedback

Joost Hiltermann

We've thrown values by the wayside, but also not been able to act in our own interests, because we let things go too long.feedback

Yassin al-Haj Saleh - Hafez

The atmosphere in the world is not going toward hope and democracy and the individual. It is going toward nationalism, hatred, the rise of the security state.feedback

Dan Kaszeta - US Army

One tonne of sarin could easily be used to perpetrate an attack on the scale of the 2013 attack. It could also be used for roughly 10 attacks of a similar size to the recent Khan Sheikhoun attack.feedback

Ahmet Üzümcü

While further details of the laboratory analyses will follow, the analytical results already obtained are incontrovertible. Bio-medical samples from seven individuals undergoing treatment at hospitals ... (also) indicate exposure to sarin or a sarin like substance.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

We will provide proof that the regime did indeed organise these strikes with chemical weapons. In a few days, I will be able to provide proof.feedback

Omar Abu Layla

We are simple people, and they talked to us using religion. They are Islam ... But they don't know how to implement it. They take what they want from Islam.feedback

Omar Abu Layla

We don't talk or sit together. They come to see us with their weapons cocked.feedback

Bruce Bechtol

Syrians frequently visit North Korea because of arms deals, but these are events that get little to no publicity.feedback

Bruce Bechtol

It's a gold mine for North Korea. This is the best thing that's ever happened to North Korea–as long as Syria doesn't fall, which could happen.feedback

Bruce Bechtol

Korean analysts should take note of how chemical weapons were used in the Syrian civil war because this is likely going to be a test-bed for future North Korean actions in a conflict with the South.feedback