Presidents Macron and Rouhani discuss Middle East security
Paris, 2 January 2018
Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, spoke today, Tuesday 2 January, to Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran.
Scheduled prior to the demonstrations which have broken out in Iran over the past few days, the telephone call allowed the President to share his concern about the number of victims linked to the demonstrations and encourage his counterpart to act with restraint and calm things down. Fundamental freedoms, particularly the freedoms of expression and assembly, must be respected.
The French and Iranian presidents talked about the 2015 nuclear agreement, whose strict implementation France supports, under international supervision. President Rouhani asked for the international community’s support in upholding the agreement and honouring the commitments made.
Another purpose of the telephone call between the two presidents was to discuss security in the Middle East. The French President reiterated his support for Iraqi sovereignty and the importance of holding free elections in Iraq in the spring. He emphasized the need to work concretely for an inclusive, long-term solution in Syria and an intensified dialogue on weapons control, including ballistic weapons, in the region. The two leaders also discussed the fight against terrorism and its financing.
In the current context, President Macron and President Rouhani decided by mutual agreement that the visit by the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, scheduled for the end of this week, would be put back. A new date will be set through diplomatic channels. The discussions between Paris and Tehran will continue in the next few weeks./.