French President discusses Middle East with US counterpart
United States of America – Iraq/Middle East/telephone conversation between M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, and Donald Trump, President of the United States of America – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic
Paris, 4 December 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron had a telephone conversation today with the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, to discuss several international issues.
Regarding Iraq, President Emmanuel Macron informed President Trump of the results of the visit to Paris on Saturday 2 December of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani. France and the United States will continue their joint efforts to maintain Iraq’s stability and unity, and support national dialogue between the federal authorities and Iraq’s Kurdish leaders.
On the Middle East, the French President expressed his concern about the possibility of the United States unilaterally recognizing Jerusalem as capital of the State of Israel. M. Emmanuel Macron recalled that the issue of Jerusalem’s status will have to be resolved in the framework of the peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, focusing in particular on the establishment of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security with Jerusalem as their capital.
The French President and President Trump agreed to discuss the issue again soon./.