- French President Emmanuel Macron has made several phone calls to the US and Iranian presidents over the past few weeks.
- CNN Senior Reporter Christiane Amanpour quoted Zarif as saying that Rouhani is willing to meet Trump.
- Neither a meeting with Rouhani nor a military strike by the US has been ruled out.
US President Donald Trump has reiterated his desire to resolve the conflict with Iran peacefully. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is also said to have offered a new proposal to resolve the dispute through a meeting at the UN General Assembly. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has added to his diplomatic efforts to settle the dispute with the United States peacefully. News Agencies on Monday announced a meeting between Zarif and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
France has played a mediating role in the Iran-US conflict following escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf. French President Emmanuel Macron has made several phone calls to the US and Iranian presidents over the past few weeks. Foreign ministers of the two countries are said to have met before the UN General Assembly officially began its work. News sources report that a meeting between the two politicians was quoted by an Iranian delegation in New York.
Conditional readiness to meet Trump
On the other hand, the release of two Twitter posts has once again fueled hopes of a meeting between Rouhani and Trump. CNN Senior Reporter Christiane Amanpour quoted Zarif as saying that Rouhani is willing to meet Trump, in a pair of tweets Sunday. In an interview with Amanpour, Zarif said Iran is even ready to accept “permanent monitoring” of its nuclear activities, in exchange for sanctions relief, to resolve its dispute with the United States. Amanpour quoted Zarif saying that Rouhani would meet with Donald Trump on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
In another Twitter post, Amanpour quoted Zarif saying. “the olive branch has always been on the table, but we’re showing it again.” This points to Iran’s desire to resolve the conflict peacefully.
Resolve the conflict peacefully
AFP also reiterated Trump’s desire for a peaceful resolution of the Iranian conflict, with a report from Washington. Trump had once again discussed the issue of meeting Rouhani on Sunday before traveling to Texas. Trump had said he was a flexible person and the possibility of meeting Rouhani would not be entirely ruled out. The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has also stressed Trump’s desire for a peaceful resolution of the dispute with Iran.
After widespread attacks on Saudi oil facilities, the likelihood of a meeting between the leaders of the two countries was greatly reduced. The United States has stepped up its sanctions against Iran and has reportedly sent more troops to the region. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has reiterated his opposition to meeting the US at any time and at any leve
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wrote on Twitter last Tuesday that Trump’s restrained response to the shooting down of a US drone last June was understood by the Iranian government as a sign of weakness. Graham wrote that because of problems with Iran, the US government must act decisively to prevent further aggression. Trump said he had stopped the plan for a military strike on Iran at the last minute after Iran shot down an American drone. Responding to a question about the possibility of a military strike, Trump also said that it was possible. He emphasized that the United States has the world’s strongest military forces.