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Trump denies that he has allowed Macron to continue dialogue with Iran but does not object

August 25, 2019

BIARRITZ (FRANCE), Aug 25 (Reuters / EP) –

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has denied that he has signed a permit from the leaders of the G7 to the French president, Emmanuel Macron, to continue maintaining 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 Gulf.

“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.