- Title: France's Macron says no formal mandate from G7 on Iran
- Date: 25th August 2019
- Summary: BIARRITZ, FRANCE (AUGUST 25, 2019) (REUTERS) MACRON ON SCREEN IN PRESS ROOM
- Embargoed: 8th September 2019 12:46
- Keywords: nuclear bomb Tehran Iran Emmanuel Macron Donald Trump United States G7 leaders G7 summit Biarritz
- Location: BIARRITZ, FRANCE
- City: BIARRITZ, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: G7,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA006ATPU0QV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday (August 25) 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.
U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to brush aside French efforts to mediate with Iran, saying that while he was happy for Macron to reach out to Tehran to defuse tensions, he would still carry on with his own initiatives.
European leaders have struggled to dampen down the brewing confrontation between Iran and the United States since Trump pulled his country out of Iran's internationally-brokered 2015 nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions on the Iranian economy.
Macron, who has taken the lead to defuse tensions fearing that a collapse of the nuclear deal could set ablaze the Middle East, met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday.
The aim was to discuss proposals that could ease the crisis, including the idea of reducing some U.S. sanctions or providing Iran with an economic compensation mechanism.
(Production: Noemie Olive and Pascale Antonie)
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