France’s Macron discusses Middle East tensions with Iraq’s Salih and UAE

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France’s President Emmanuel Macron and Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou (not pictured) give a news convention all through a ceremony having to pay homage to Niger soldiers killed in an attack on a armed forces camp which Islamic Condition claimed obligation for in Niamey, Niger December 22, 2019. REUTERS/ Tagaza Djibo

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PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron agreed with his Iraqi counterpart on Saturday to make endeavours to dampen tensions in the Middle East soon after Iranian military services commander Qassem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. air strike.

“The two presidents agreed to continue to be in close get hold of to avoid any further more escalation in tensions and in buy to act to be certain balance in Iraq and the broader region,” Macron’s business claimed of his telephone dialogue with Iraqi President Barham Salih.

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On Saturday, tens of 1000’s of people today marched in Baghdad to mourn Iran’s army main Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, after the two have been killed in a U.S. air strike which has raised the specter of wider conflict in the Center East.

Macron also discussed Middle East developments with the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. The two leaders underlined the relevance of preventing Islamic Condition and working with the political disaster in Libya, Macron’s business stated.

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Before on Saturday, France’s International Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reported he experienced talked about the situation in the Center East with his German international minister Heiko Maas and senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi.

“We all famous in individual our agreement in the great importance of preserving the steadiness and sovereignty of Iraq, and the complete of the region in normal, as very well as the have to have for Iran to stay clear of any new violation of the Vienna Agreement,” Le Drian stated.

Underneath the 2015 Vienna arrangement, most intercontinental sanctions towards Tehran ended up lifted in 2016, in exchange for restrictions on Iran’s nuclear get the job done. U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration however pulled out of the offer.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta Editing by Gareth Jones and James Drummond

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