Macron, Rouhani agree to work together to preserve 2015 Iran nuclear deal

03 May, 2018, 17:02 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • PM Margaret Thatcher had a close relationship with President Reagan

Fresh from meeting with President Donald Trump in Washington, Macron touched down for the first foray Down Under by a French leader since Francois Hollande came to Brisbane for a G20 summit four years ago.

The sapling was a gift from French President Emmanuel Macron for his state visit with US President Donald Trump last week.

The oak comes from the site where the Battle of Belleau Wood raged in northern France in June 1918.

In a statement on Sunday, Downing Street said Mrs May had agreed with her European counterparts that the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) was "the best way of neutralising the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran".

A senior Australian minister recently called Chinese infrastructure projects in the Pacific "white elephants" while reports last month, that were denied, said Beijing wanted to establish a permanent military base in Vanuatu.

"It's to preserve necessary balances in the region".

Macron was scheduled to depart on Thursday for New Caledonia, a French-controlled island near Vanuatu, which will hold a referendum in November on breaking away from France's protection and becoming a republic.

"And it's important not to have any hegemony in the region", he said.

Crude oil prices fall on rising USA crude inventories, record production
Oil prices rose again on Wednesday on concerns the USA may re-impose sanctions on major exporter Iran , before giving up. Other reasons he cited were geopolitical disturbances and whether the Iran nuclear deal will be recertified or not.

"That doesn't mean we want to oppose China on that".

The Kremlin said Putin and Macron were both calling for "strict observance" of the hard-fought 2015 agreement, which Trump has threatened to torpedo. Macron added: "And especially New Caledonian shrimps".

Australian ABC News tweeted: "Lost in translation: Emmanuel Macron thanks the PM's "delicious wife".

Macron's phone call with Rouhani came after he, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated their commitment to the nuclear deal "as the best way of neutralizing the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran", the United Kingdom prime minister's office said.

Macron had intended for the tree to serve as a reminder of the historic "ties that bind" the US and France.

"They discussed the importance of the Iran nuclear deal ... as the best way of neutralising the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, agreeing that our priority as an worldwide community remained preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon", Downing Street said in a statement.

"No great nation has ever been built by turning its back on the world", he said.

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