After Trump Warns France to Stop Meddling in U.S.-Iran Relations, France Replies It Doesn’t Need Authorization to De-Escalate Tensions

  • After President Trump scolded French President Emmanuel Macron for “sending mixed signals” to Iran, France shot back that it doesn’t need permission from any other actors to de-escalate the current situation with Iran.
  • In a written statement, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian wrote: “France speaks for itself on Iran as a sovereign power.”
  • Le Drian added: “France is deeply committed to peace and security in the region, is committed to de-escalating tensions and does not need any authorization to do so.”
  • On Thursday, Trump tweeted: “They [Iran] want desperately to talk to the U.S., but are given mixed signals from all of those purporting to represent us, including President Macron of France.”
  • Trump continued: “I know Emmanuel means well, as do all others, but nobody speaks for the United States but the United States itself. No one is authorized in any way, shape, or form, to represent us!”
  • Trump’s tweets came after a report this week surfaced that “said Macron had invited Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani to this month’s G7 summit to meet the U.S. president.”
  • However, a French diplomat denied that France made the invitation.
  • After Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on the country, America’s major European allies, France, Britain and Germany, have been in disagreement with the Trump administration.
  • The European nations admit that “they share U.S. concerns about Iran’s regional behavior and missile program,” but they believe that Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement was an error that helped escalate tensions.
  • As tensions have risen between Iran, the U.S. and European countries, Trump has increasingly imposed crippling sanctions on Iran, which the Europeans are fearful could eventually lead to a war in the region.

Reference Links

  • Reuters: After Trump rebuke, France says it speaks for itself on Iran READ
  • France 24: France says ‘needs no permission’ for Iran dialogue after Trump swipe READ
  • Radio Farda: Trump Criticizes Macron For Sending ‘Mixed Signals’ To Iran READ
  • CNS News: Trump Scolds France’s Macron for Giving Iran ‘Mixed Signals’ Over Talks with US READ

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