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Foreign Affairs


PARIS,French President Emmanuel Macron told visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Iran nuclear deal should be preserved or the security of Tel Aviv and the region would be at risk, Xinhua news agency reported.

"I reiterated to the Israeli prime minister my deep conviction, which is shared by our European partners, that the 2015 accord should be preserved to control nuclear activities.

''France has never considered the accord as sufficient or fully satisfactory. The 2015 nuclear accord is a step which needs to be completed with other post-2025 activities," he told reporters on Tuesday.

Macron called on his partners and allies to "focus efforts (to promote) regional stability by maintaining the nuclear agreement that had allowed the monitoring of Iran's activities."

Officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the accord eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear programme.

Warning of the risk of rising tension due to the Iran nuclear stand-off, the French president called on "everyone to stabilise the situation and not give into this escalation which would lead to conflict.

US President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord struck by his predecessor Barack Obama, claiming it did not address Iran's ballistic missile programme, nuclear activities beyond 2025, or its role in conflicts in Yemen and Syria.--NNN-BERNAMA


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