French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius met in China Sunday with his counterpart, Wang Yi, as part of international talks to end the Syrian civil war.
Fabius, who arrived in Beijing on Sunday morning called the agreement by the Assad regime to hand over control of its chemical weapons stockpile "a significant step forward," adding that "important decisions need to be taken on Syria."
"Only a few days ago, Syria was denying having chemical weapons and having used them. From now on we are in a new phase," Fabius said. "We must move forward on the basis of this general agreement."