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Iranian, French presidents discuss de-escalation of Mideast tensions in New York

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shake hands after a meeting at the United Nations headquarters on September 23, 2019, in New York. (Photo by AFP)

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have held talks in New York on ways to ease regional tensions and save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

During the Monday meeting held at Rouhani's place of residence, the two presidents conferred on de-escalation of ongoing tensions in the Middle East, according to IRNA.

They further exchanged views on ways to save the nuclear deal, officially known the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and bilateral relations between Tehran and Paris, head of the media office of Iran's mission to the UN said.

Macron and Rouhani also conferred on the latter's new initiative for peace in the region, named Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE), which is to be unveiled at his Wednesday address to the UN General Assembly.

Before leaving Tehran for New York earlier in the day, Rouhani said his Peace Initiative is designed to include all countries of the region and aims to expand cooperation beyond regional security.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also revealed that regional powers including Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Yemen could join the broad regional coalition to ensure security in the Persian Gulf.

Speaking to reporters at a working breakfast with journalists on the eve of the UN General Assembly, Zarif said the coalition concept would act under the auspices of the United Nations.

The Monday meeting between Rouhani and Macron came shortly after the French president's brief meeting with US President Donald Trump.

Macron is set to meet Trump once again following the meeting with Rouhani, media reports said.

The French president was the one who expressed hope in late August that a long-anticipated meeting between the presidents of Iran and the United States would take place "in the next few weeks."

"We have created the conditions for this meeting, and so for an agreement. I am still very cautious, you have to show humility, but I think it's something which puts a stop to the escalation and which will allow us to reach the objectives which we are pursuing," he said at the time, in a joint press conference with Trump, which came after Macron's talks with Zarif in Biarritz.

Despite the media hype regarding the historic meeting, Iran has firmly stated that it won't sit for bilateral talks with Trump, but is open to a multilateral meeting with the P5+1 - including the US - only if Washington ends its economic war against the Iranian nation.

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