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French, Iranian leaders discuss future of Vienna nuclear deal

PARIS, French President Emmanuel Macon spoke by phone on Wednesday with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the future of the 2015 Vienna nuclear accord following the US decision Tuesday to withdraw from that agreement.

France, Britain and Germany, co-signatories of the nuclear deal with the US, Russia and China, have said that they intend to maintain the agreement despite the US decision to pull out.

Macron reminded Rouhani of “the terms of the statement (Tuesday) by the French, British and German Heads of State or Government and the willingness of France to continue to implement the Iranian nuclear agreement in all its dimensions,” the Elysee Palace said.

In addition, Macron “stressed the importance of Iran doing the same” and respecting the agreement that restricts Iranian nuclear program and uranium enrichment in exchange for an easing of international trade and financial sanctions.

The French leader informed his Iranian counterpart about the plan to undertake a broad discussion with all concerned parties, using the 2015 accord as a basis to establish a “mutually-beneficial framework” governing the development of Iranian nuclear programmes after 2025, when the Vienna deal expires. Macron also indicated that this framework would also include “Iran’s ballistic activities and the principal crises in the Middle East” in which Iran is accused of playing a role, notably in Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.

Macron and Rouhani “agreed to pursue their common work” and act with the concerned States “with a view to continued implementation of the nuclear accord and preserving regional stability,” the statement from the French presidency said.

The two leaders said that they were tasking their respective Foreign Ministers to meet “without delay” to discuss future approaches on this subject.

Source: Kuwait News Agency