French President to mediate between Iran and US
French President said he would speak to Iranian President, Russia’s and US Presidents this week as part of a French initiative to prevent an escalation of tensions in the Middle East.
Iran Press/Europe: Emmanuel Macron plans to discuss Tehran’s compliance with the terms of the nuclear agreement with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and to hold talks on this issue with Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in the coming days.
"In these difficult conditions, we will continue our mediation and negotiation work," he said in a speech broadcast on the official Twitter account of the Elysee Palace on Monday, Tass reported.
According to the French president, the main thing today is "to preserve the nuclear agreement and to create conditions for a productive dialogue with Iran not only on the nuclear dossier but also on regional issues and ballistic [missile] issues."
"When I return to Paris, I will talk with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, as well as with President Putin and President Trump this week," Macron said.
In 2015, Iran and six international mediators (the five member states of the United Nations Security Council — Russia, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, China — and Germany) agreed on the final Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for the Iranian nuclear program.
Tensions over Iran’s nuclear program exacerbated after Washington unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA on May 8, 2018, and slapped US economic sanctions on Iran’s oil exports.
Exactly one year later, President Rouhani stated that Tehran suspended part of its obligations under the nuclear deal and gives other participants two months to return to its implementation.
On July 8, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran had surpassed the 3.67% uranium enrichment limit envisioned by the Iran nuclear deal.