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Marking difference with U.S., France urges dialogue with Iran | Reuters

PARIS France wants to develop its political dialogue with Iran in the hope that it will lead to constructive efforts to solve regional crises, its foreign ministry said on Monday, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump lambasted Tehran.Trump singled out Iran on Sunday in Saudi Arabia as a key source of funding and support for militant groups in the Middle East sending a tough message to Tehran the day after pragmatist Hassan Rouhani won a second term as Iran's president.

Foreign Minister "Jean-Yves Le Drian will work towards developing political dialogue that should be part of a constructive approach with regard solving regional crises," the ministry said in response to question on whether Paris agreed with Trump's call to isolate Iran.

Paris, which is at odds with Iran over the crisis in Syria, took one of the hardest lines against Tehran during negotiations between Iran and major powers in 2015, but has been quick to restore trade ties.

It has said it backs Trump's call to strengthen the monitoring of the deal, but has reassured France's commitment to its implementation, including the lifting of sanctions. New French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Rouhani for his re-election on Saturday and said this reinforced the hope his government would apply the international nuclear agreement. (Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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Published Date: May 22, 2017 22:05 PM | Updated Date: May 22, 2017 22:05 PM

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