No precondition for Pres. Macron's visit to Tehran

TEHRAN, Dec. 25 (MNA) – Iran’s FM Spokesman Ghasemi said French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to Iran is on the agenda of the two countries, but no date has been specified for it.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi touched upon the visit of Emmanuel Macron to Iran during his weekly press conference on Monday.

Underlining that relations between Iran and France are positive and the trend will continue in the future, Ghasemi said no conditions have been placed over talks and meetings with French diplomatic delegations.

Unfortunately, he regretted, French officials are sometimes influenced by Iran's enemies; some of their postions are wrong; and we can inform them about the realities in the region during bilateral talks.

Ghasemi noted that Iran has called on France not to be swayed by the wrong policies pursued by the US and those who promote the Iranophobia project. He also called on the new French government to understand the significance of Iran and avoid making mistakes to appease certain countries.

"Especially in the time that the United States is pushing for wrong policies, Europeans must be more careful about the position they take," Ghasemi said, adding that "we will be explicitly discussing Iran's positions in the negotiations, and will recall how Iran has held a very influential and positive role in countering terrorism and in creating peace and stability in the region, ensuring the security not only in the region, but also in Europe.

He underlined that since the US could not put Europe against Iran regarding the nuclear deal, it is trying to have their support in other issues like Iran's missile program, and the alleged contradiction of those with the Resolution 2231; this requires a meticulous insight and policy on the part of the Europeans, Bahram Ghasemi said.

He said the US tries to use the missile and regional issues to drive the Europeans to form a new consensus through creating new problems, but on the other hand, these attempts, especially what happened concerning the Holy Quds, show that the US policies are ineffective and impotent.

Pointing to UN General Assembly's vote in opposition to US Trump’s new move to transfer Zionist regime’s capital to al-Quds, Ghasemi said “we have already mentioned that today's world is different from the past, and that the United States can no longer, in any matter, seek universal consensus.”

He underlined that given the opposition of majority of countries to Trump’s policy, even those who hold differences of opinion with us, the United States is moving more towards international isolation.

FM spokesman also expressed hope that the Arab and Islamic world, instead of involving in internal conflicts, think about solving the most important issue of the Muslim world, which is al-Quds liberation; he added that the current situation in the region is what foreign powers and Zionist regime’s sponsors require; they have tried to sow discord in the Islamic world so that there would be no single voice heard against the Zionist regime.

Regarding President Rouhani's incoming visit to Azerbaijan, Ghasemi hoped for necessary preparations for president's regional trips.

Foreign ministry spokesman declined the news about abolition of visas between Iran and Oman, saying "this is rejected because it has not happened at all, and no debate has been made regarding the issue."

Ghasemi also referred to the impolite behavior of a Dutch official, who had led to a lot of reactions in the media, adding "this was a rude, unpopular move, and possibly coordinated with a specific scenario of Iranophobia. "Our embassy has responded properly, and the Dutch authorities who were in contact with our embassy have regretted the incident."

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