At the UN, Macron stumbles on the Iranian question

At the United Nations General Assembly, the French president has increased efforts to allow a meeting between Trump and Rohani.

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Emmanuel Macron and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rohani, on September 24, at the UN compound in New York.
Emmanuel Macron and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rohani, on September 24, at the UN compound in New York. Iranian Presidency Office via AP

Emmanuel Macron left New York and the UN General Assembly on Tuesday night, September 24, without having managed to obtain a firm commitment from the United States and Iran to start a de-escalation. Despite renewed efforts, complemented by those of the other European countries signatories in 2015 of the Iran nuclear agreement, Germany and the United Kingdom, the President of the French Republic left with his voluntarism as the only viaticum.

"The conditions for an early resumption of negotiations have been created", he wanted to believe during the press conference in which he concluded his stay in New York. "It is now up to Iran and the United States of America to seize these conditions", he added, which could in turn " meet " between Donald Trump and his counterpart Hassan Rohani, or by a more "Progressive". Emmanuel Macron judged that" an occasion " would be "Lost" if his Iranian counterpart left New York on Wednesday "Without meeting President Trump", "because he will not come back for several months".

Before the representatives of the 193 member states including 136 heads of state or government gathered in the UN compound, a few hours earlier, Emmanuel Macron had convened the story to encourage his interlocutors to be at the height of the stakes of a chaotic world and a potentially major crisis in the Arab-Persian Gulf. He ruled that the latter was likely to slip into an uncontrollable process at any moment, as was the case after Saudi attacks on Saudi oil facilities on 14 September.

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Trump's indictment

In an allusion to a speech by Alexander Solzhenitsyn at Harvard in 1978, warning on "The decline of courage," the French president, lyrical as usual on such occasions, called for his "Return" both to curb tensions in the Middle East, to fight against inequalities and to respond to the challenges of global warming.

"The courage to build peace is that of responsibility," insisted Emmanuel Macron, recalling that "This courage is risk taking," but that "The strategy of pressure" American in the case of Iran "Can only lead to increased tensions". "What should the terms and objectives of these negotiations be? " he asked. "First of all the full certainty that Iran never adopts nuclear weapons", by completing the 2015 agreement, "Then a way out of the crisis in Yemen, thirdly a regional security plan integrating the other crises of the region and the security of maritime flows, finally a lifting of economic sanctions", he detailed.


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