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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi before their meeting at the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing September 15, 2013. REUTERS/Wang Zhao/Pool
BEIJING (Reuters) - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said a Russia-U.S. deal to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons was an important first step and called for a political solution to address the mounting death toll in Syria.
Fabius made the comments to reporters in Beijing after meeting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
After three days of talks in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday demanded Assad account for his secret stockpile within a week and let international inspectors eliminate all the weapons by the middle of next year.
(Reporting by Dominique Patton; Editing by Nick Macfie)
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