"We discussed the absolute necessity that Syria and Russia end their military operations against civilians and in particular the ordeal in Madaya and other cities besieged by the regime," Laurent Fabius told reporters after meeting Syrian opposition coordinator Riad Hijab.

Fabius reiterated that President Bashar al-Assad could not remain in power and said Paris would consult the UN Security Council to pressure Syria to end indiscriminate attacks. He is due to meet the UN's special envoy to Syria.

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