French FM to travel to Tehran; Sides working on date

TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) – According to the Spokesperson of French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Agnes Romatet-Espagne, the Iranian and French sides are working on the exact date of Jean-Yves Le Drian’s trip to Iran.

“On November 9, the minister announced on Europe 1 that he would soon be traveling to Iran. To that end, we are identifying a date that works for everybody, said Agnes Romatet-Espagne, the Spokesperson of French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, on her press briefing on Friday.

She made the remarks answering the question of a journalist asking her why Jean-Yves Le Drian’s trip to Iran was postponed.

“Following the minister’s statements in Saudi Arabia, on Friday Iran accused France of "partiality" and asserted that its approach was aggravating the crises in the Middle East. How do you respond to that?” asked another reporter.

“France maintains a dialogue with all countries that have an influence on the Middle East crises,” she said.

“Its aim is a de-escalation in violence so that all the parties can contribute to political solutions that alone will allow for the return of peace, security, and stability,” she maintained.

After the landmark nuclear agreement of July 14, 2015, European countries have been continuously visiting Tehran to re-establish economic ties and win a bigger share of the 80-million-strong population.

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