UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Macron spoke in support of Tehran, but Trump did not appreciate the “trick” of the French president.
Iran asks for export permits of at least 700 thousand barrels per day. In the event that Western countries go to a meeting, Tehran, according to Reuters, is ready to further increase deliveries to 1.5 million barrels per day.
The proposal was announced on the sidelines of the G7 summit in France. As Bloomberg reported earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke out in support of Iran, proposing for a while to allow Tehran to sell oil in exchange for adhering to the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan on the Iranian Nuclear Program, signed in 2015, and assistance in reducing tensions in the Persian Gulf .
However, the summit participants were not able to convince their American counterpart, Donald Trump, to provide exceptions to oil sanctions against the republic.
In general, the visit of the Iranian delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic Mohammad Javad Zarif (under US sanctions) to Biarritz was an extremely unpleasant surprise for the American president. Zarifa was invited by his French colleague, Jean-Yves Le Drian, but many saw this step as an attempt by French President Emmanuel Macron to resolve the situation.
“This is a complete disrespect for Donald Trump and other G7 leaders,” former UN ambassador Nikki Hale commented on Twitter, noting that Macron’s manipulations demonstrate his “insincerity.”
However, the arrival of the head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry was a surprise to many. Although, as Bloomberg notes, such a move is “a typical Macron trick.”
At the same time, the French president himself stubbornly kept the poker interface: during the arrival of the Iranian delegation, he just held a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on African development and refused to answer questions on any other topic.
As noted by Bloomberg, the “tricks” of the French leader are puzzling not only his colleagues, but also the team.
“On the terrace near the summit venue, Macron’s consultants smoked one cigarette after another, looking at an empty beach clear of tourists for safety reasons. One of them said he abandoned his habit before joining Macron’s team, but he started again because of the provocative diplomacy of the French president,” the newspaper writes.
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