On the eve of the visit of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs to Tehran, which focuses, above all, on Iran’s nuclear agreement and ballistic program, the Iranian President stressed that the countries that supply arms to Saudi Arabia and the Arab coalition are accountable.
The French Minister of Foreign Affairs arrived early on Monday, March 5, in Tehran. On his visit’s agenda, talks about Iran’s ballistic program and its role in Syria.
Jean-Yves Le Drian will hold talks on Monday (March 5th) with Iranian President Hassan Rohani, his counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Chamkhani.
On Sunday, March 4, the Iranian president spoke on the phone with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron about the long-standing relations between the two nations.
“The IRD is ready to cooperate with France in the economic, cultural, and political spheres,” said the Iranian president, stressing, at the same time, the firm will of Iran to preserve and strengthen its national defense.
Rohani said Tehran was honoring its commitments under the Global Plan of Joint Action, while reiterating the need for the parties concerned to respect the nuclear deal.
The Iranian president has said that Iran and Europe do indeed have very good cooperation on regional issues, but this has nothing to do with the nuclear deal. Iran-European cooperation and the nuclear issue fall into two different areas, the Iranian president said, recalling that the EU, in the current circumstances, should act better to push the United States to respect the Global Plan of Joint Action.
For his part, French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed France’s commitment to the Vienna agreement of July 14, 2015, asking, at the same time, his Iranian counterpart to take into account Paris concerns, which do not fall within the scope of the agreement, such as the Iranian Ballistic Program and the security of the Middle East.
The two presidents also discussed regional issues, including the fight against terrorism: “Iran is ready to cooperate with all allied countries in the fight against terrorism and assisting the threatened people of the region and in the world.”
“In Yemen, we are witnessing war crimes; countries that supply arms to Saudi Arabia and the Arab coalition are accountable in this regard,” said the Iranian president.
France is one of the countries that continues to sell arms to Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia, at the head of an Arab coalition militarily intervening in Yemen, is one of the first export customers for France’s arms industry.