PARIS, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- France on Saturday hailed a deal forged by the United States and Russia on how to dismantle Syrian chemical arsenal.
"The draft agreement reached in Geneva about eliminating the Syrian regime's chemical weapons is an important step forward," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement.
Fabius said that talks with his U.S. and British counterparts scheduled on Monday in Paris would focus on its implementation.
"France will take into account the UN inspectors' investigation report into Damascus massacre, to be published on Monday, to clarify its position," the minister said.
After three days of talks in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday struck a deal on dismantling Syrian chemical arsenal and agreed that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad had to give a full account of his secret stockpile within a week.
Both leaders also pledged to impose sanctions if Damascus would not fulfill its commitment.