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France's Macron says no formal mandate from G7 on Iran

August 25, 2019 at 5:15 pm

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) arrives on the second day of 2018 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Summit at NATO headquarters on 12 July, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]

French President Emmanuel Macron said he had not been given a formal mandate from G7 leaders to pass messages to Iran, but that he would continue to hold talks with Tehran in the coming weeks to defuse tensions, Reuters reports.

“We had a discussion yesterday on Iran and that enabled us to establish two common lines: no member of the G7 wants Iran to get a nuclear bomb and all the members of the G7 are deeply attached to stability and peace in the region,” Macron said, adding that both he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had taken initiatives on Iran.

“But there is no formal G7 mandate that is given so there are initiatives that will continue to be taken to reach these two objectives,” he said after a French presidential source had earlier said G7 leaders agreed Macron should hold talks and pass on messages to Iran.

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