Macron Says France Disagrees with Saudi Arabia on Iran

Michele Moreno
November 13, 2017

During his visit to the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, Macron suggested amending the JCPOA.

The United States backed the Saudi claim that the missile was supplied by Iran and urged the United Nations to hold Tehran accountable for the violation.

The French head of state has made efforts to preserve the deal, telling Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, last month, that France remained committed to the deal while stressing the need for dialogue.

Iran has vehemently ruled out any negotiation on its missile program which it deems as an inseparable plank of its national security, meant for defense and deterrence.

Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in neighboring Yemen in March 2015 to push back the Iran-backed Huthi rebels which controls the capital Sanaa and restore the government of Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to power.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Tuesday that the July launch involved an Iranian Qiam-1 missile, a liquid-fuelled, short-range variant of the Scud missile.

"France officials including its president are well aware that levelling false accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran stands in stark contradiction to the realities of the Middle East over the past decades", Qassemi responded.

"Responsible approach would oblige France to convince its regional allies to undertake more shrewd approaches and policies free from sentimentalism", articulated Mr. Qassemi.

He called on the French government to adopt "tangible strategies" and compel its allies in the region to put an immediate end to war and bloodshed in Yemen with the objective of establishing peace and stability in the impoverished country.

The US says the missile fired at Saudi Arabia was supplied by Iran.

When asked whether Saudi Arabia was headed for a direct conflict with Iran, Al-Jubeir replied, "We hope not".

Other reports by Insurance News

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