Jun 08, 2018 15:22 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Sep 18, 2019 15:34 Asia/Tehran]
  • Macron urges Trump not to push Iran to abandon JCPOA

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on the United States not to push Iran to leave the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“You’re not comfortable with an agreement signed by your predecessor, maybe just because it was signed by your predecessor, but don’t stop others from respecting it and don’t push Iran to leave," French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday alongside the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, who is hosting the G7 summit in Quebec. 

“I believe in cooperation and multilateralism because I will resist hegemony with all my strength. Hegemony is the end of the rule of law,” Macron asserted.

The summit is held amid sharp disagreements between the US president and the six other leaders of industrialized nations over trade, climate change and the nuclear deal with Iran.

“You can’t, among allies in this international context, start a trade war. For me it’s a question of principle,” French President stated.

“The six other countries of the G7 represent a market which is bigger than the American market,” Macron added as he was encouraging the group not to compose the summit’s final statement in a way that would please the US.

“Instead of tailoring the statement to Washington’s expectations, the allies had to come up with one that enshrines common values,” Macron said.

For his part, Canadian premier Trudeau described the US tariffs as “unilateral and illegal” and a national security pretext, which Trump has offered for imposing them, as “risible.”

Trudeau added that Trump’s unacceptable actions are going to harm his own citizens. “It is American jobs that are going to be lost because of the actions of this administration,” the Canadian prime minister said.

The remarks came after US President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on Washington’s allies in what, Macron called, was beating the drums of trade war.