- 1 A last effort requested from Iran
- 2 “Putting pressure” on Lebanese officials
- 3 In Afghanistan, “the status quo was not an option”
- 4 “Europe must speak at a high level with Russia”
The French minister and the US secretary of state jointly pressured Iran to quickly reach a position that would save the Iran nuclear deal. Antony Blinken, visiting Paris, said it would be “very difficult” for the United States to return to the agreement if the current negotiations were to drag on. “We expect the Iranian authorities to take the last decisions, no doubt difficult, which will allow the negotiations to be concluded” in Vienna, declared Jean-Yves Le Drian.
France and the United States will act together to “put pressure” on those responsible for the crisis into which Lebanon has been sinking for several months. “We see together the tragedy that would be if this country cracks, disappears. We decided to act together to put pressure on those responsible. We know them, ”said Jean-Yves Le Drian. He insisted that France and the United States have “the same appreciation of the situation”.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken commented on the ongoing withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. He justified this decision despite several recent Taliban offensives: “We are seeing a higher number of attacks against Afghan security forces in some parts of the country, compared to last year. But the status quo would not have helped, the status quo was not an option, ”said Antony Blinken.
France reaffirmed the need for the European Union to “speak at a high level” with Russia, despite the refusal of several Member States of the Union to re-engage in this dialogue. “Europe must also speak at a high level with Russia”, “without naivety” and “with firmness”, as American President Joe Biden did with Vladimir Putin on June 16 in Geneva, declared the head of French diplomacy, Jean-Yves Le Drian.
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