President stresses "total solidarity with our allies"
Middle East – Conversation between M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, and Mr Donald Trump, President of the United States – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic
Paris, 5 January 2020
President Macron spoke this afternoon with the President of the United States, Donald Trump.
In view of the recent rise in tensions in Iraq and in the region, President Macron emphasized his total solidarity with our allies in the face of attacks carried out over the last few weeks against Coalition premises in Iraq. He expressed his concern over the destabilizing activities of the Quds Force under the leadership of General Qassem Soleimani and reiterated the need for Iran to put an end to it and to refrain from all forms of military escalation liable to further aggravate regional instability. He stressed France’s determination to work with regional and international partners to ease tensions.
He noted that the priority must be given to continuing the international Coalition’s actions against Daesh [so-called ISIL], in full respect for Iraq’s sovereignty, to ensure its security and regional stability./.