Press Release – Conversation between French President Emmanuel Macron and Iran President Hassan Rouhani (Elysée Palace, 02 Mar. 2021)


On Tuesday, 2 March, the President of the French Republic spoke by telephone with the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr Hassan Rouhani.

He reminded him of Europe’s support for Iran in tackling the pandemic and proposed stepping up cooperation to meet Iran’s vaccination needs via the COVAX Facility.

On the nuclear issue, the President of the French Republic highlighted his deep concern over Iran’s decisions in violation of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) (Vienna Agreement) and the need for it to once more honour its obligations and fully cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

After recalling the efforts from France and its partners in recent years to reach a negotiated solution, President Macron stressed the importance of Iran making clear gestures without delay so that dialogue can resume with all parties to the Vienna Agreement.

The President of the French Republic also expressed his concern at the mounting regional tensions following the attacks against Saudi Arabia and the facilities of the Global Coalition Against Daesh in Iraq.

He underlined his determination to work towards appeasement and collaborate with all parties to resolve regional crises, particularly in Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. In this spirit, he wanted Iran to show restraint and to make a key contribution to security and stability in the Middle East.

(Original text in French)