The Daily Express: Donald Trump ‘paving way for WAR’ with Iran, Macron slams US for ‘rebuilding axis of evil'5 January 2018 | 04:16 | FOCUS News Agency
The French president called for the international community to maintain a “permanent” dialogue with Iran, as he hit out at the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
He said: “The official line pursued by those denouncing the Iran nuclear deal, namely the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, who are our allies in many ways, is one which is paving the way for war in Iran.”
The line being taken is a “deliberate strategy” for some, he said, adding that France was committed to maintaining balance in the region.
“If we are not careful, we will end up surreptitiously rebuilding an ‘axis of evil’,” Mr Macron added, referring to a comment by former US president George W. Bush, who used the term to describe the ‘rogue’ regimes of Iran, Iraq and North Korea.
He said: “What we need is a regional strategy which consists in finding ways to limit Iran’s influence in the Middle East.”
He indirectly warned the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia against shutting down all dialogue with Iran during his New Year’s address to the press yesterday.
Mr Macron also said he would visit Iran as planned if there was a “return to calm”, and if the government made good on its promise to respect fundamental rights and freedoms.
Iran has been rocked by a week of violent protests that began over the country’s economic hardships but now include anti-government messages. At least 21 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in the unrest.
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