Macron urges Germany to step up at 'historic moment' for EU

11 May, 2018, 04:45 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Merkel, Macron urge Iran and Israel to exercise restraint

Earlier in the week, President Donald Trump withdrew the USA from the 2015 deal.

"The Chancellor underlined that Germany - as well as France and Great Britain - will remain committed to nuclear agreement with Iran, as long as Iran would continue to fulfil its obligations under the agreement", government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman claimed on Thursday to have destroyed "almost all" of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria in response to rocket attacks on the occupied Golan Heights. So Europe needs to take his own destiny into their own hands.

Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas then made a statement that in Berlin to give a report about how important is for the region and the world agreement with Iran.

Israel said yesterday it attacked almost all of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria after Iranian forces fired rockets at Israeli-held territory for the first time.

"The escalations of the past few hours show us that it is truly about war and peace".

Kim Jong Un meets with Xi Jinping in northern China
South Korea's presidential office said the Chinese government notified Seoul about the Xi-Kim meeting in advance. Trump is to meet at the White House on May 22 with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who recently met with Kim.

Pointing to the civil war in Syria, Merkel said that numerous global conflicts today were flaring on the doorstep of Europe.

Macron mirrored the German leader's concerns when he spoke, saying European countries must no longer let "other major powers, including allies" to determine their "diplomacy [and] security".

"The Europeans' decision allows us to prevent Iran from immediately restarting their (nuclear) activities and to avoid escalating tensions", he said.

Yet for all his calls for a deepening of the EU, Macron is waiting to see if Merkel will join him amid resistance in her conservative CDU party to French plans.

"We need to choose, build, speak with all so as to construct our own sovereignty that will be the guarantor of stability in (the Middle East), stressed Macron".

"There are areas beyond the (nuclear) accord that we must talk about", she said.

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