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Macron refutes Trump and stresses that the G7 is an informal group and the mandate to negotiate with Iran, too

August 25, 2019

MADRID, 25 Aug. (EUROPA PRESS) –

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has responded to his American counterpart, Donald Trump, recalling that the G7 is an informal group and therefore the mandate given to Macron himself to negotiate with Iran is also. Trump has denied on Sunday that he has granted any mandate to Macron, but he has not objected to the contacts.

“The G7 is an informal club (…). We will continue to act one and the other, each in its function (…). There is no formal mandate granted under the G7, it does not exist,” said Macron in statements to the press.

Previously, Trump denied that there was permission from the G7 leaders for Macron to continue to maintain contacts with Iran, although he has not objected. “I can't stop people from talking. If they want to talk, they can talk,” Trump said after having a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “We will take care of our own conversations,” he said.

Sources of the Elysium had explained that the leaders of the group had approved that Macron continue to exercise as an interlocutor since the two priorities remain to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining nuclear weapons and to calm tensions in the Persian Gulf region.

“As president of the G7, the president has received permission to discuss and send a message to the Iranian authorities on the basis of the exchanges we had last night,” Elíseo sources told Reuters.

Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohamad Javad Zarif, held a “productive” meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, trying to find alternatives to the 2015 nuclear agreement to keep the commitments and cushion US sanctions.

“France has presented some ideas and we have presented some ideas on how to follow and the steps that each party has to take,” Zarif said after the meeting, according to the ILNA news agency.