France says ´needs no permission´ for Iran dialogue after Trump swipe

PARIS (Reuters) – France said on Friday it “does not need permission” to ease tensions between Iran and the United States after President Donald Trump accused his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron of meddling in the conflict.

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves said: “In Iran, France speaks with full sovereignty. It is working hard for peace and security in the region, facilitating a reduction in tensions and does not need permission to do so.” Le Drian. He said in a statement.

In a tweet on Thursday, Trump said Iranian officials wanted to “talk despair with the United States, but they are receiving conflicting signals from all those who intend to represent us, including French President Macron.”

“I know that Emmanuel has good intentions, like everyone else, but no one talks about the United States but about the United States. No one is authorized in any way or in any way to represent us!” He said.

Le Drian said growing tensions between Tehran and Washington required initiatives to try to restore dialogue.

“This is what President Macron is doing, with full transparency with our partners, especially with our European partners,” he said, adding that Macron “is clearly informing the US authorities.”

Trump again imposed tough sanctions on Iran after withdrawing from an international agreement aimed at curbing the country’s nuclear ambitions.

But European partners in the agreement, including France, resisted their attempts to isolate the Iranians.

Macron continues to speak regularly by phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

After a call to Rouhani on Tuesday, the French leader, who has tried to mediate several conflicts in North Africa and the Middle East, said France’s role was “to do everything possible to ensure that all parties agree to rest” and open negotiations.

The dispute with Iran is expected to be one of the main topics of the talks at the Group of Seven summit in the French city of Biarritz later this month.

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