News ID: 204259
Published: 1004 GMT November 13, 2017

Qasemi: France’ Macron to visit Iran by year-end

Qasemi: France’ Macron to visit Iran by year-end
ASHRAF TABATABAEI/MNA

Foreign Minister Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said Monday that French President Emanuel Macron will visit Iran by the end of 2017 to bridge the gap between the two sides’ positions on Iran’s missile program, among other objectives of his visit.

Qasemi made the remarks in his weekly press conference on Monday, saying, “The visit of French President Emanuel Macron is on the agenda of both sides, but the exact date has not yet been determined,” MNA reported.

He further noted the upcoming of visit of British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to Iran by the year-end, adding that Macron’s visit will most likely take place after Johnson’s trip.

The Iranian diplomat touched upon the remarks made by President Macron about Iran’s missile capabilities, saying, “Macron’s position on Iran’s missile program was not accurate and we would like to ask for more consideration in taking such positions. His visit can prove helpful in lessening differences between the two countries on this issue.”

Macron, during a visit to Dubai on Thursday, said he was ‘very concerned’ by Iran’s missile program, and called for talks on the issue. Iran has repeatedly stated that its defense affairs are not negotiable, and unrelated to the landmark nuclear deal signed back in 2015.

Qasemi also maintained that the date for the visit of Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, has been almost set, saying, “I think the visit will take place in a few weeks.”

   
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