We need to maintain a pragmatic dialogue with Iran
Iran - Remarks to the press by François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 5 January 2018
D’abord tous mes meilleurs voeux aux Francophones and my best wishes to my Anglophone friends (...).
What I can tell you, after President Macron’s speech to the diplomatic corps in Paris a few days ago, is that I have come here with 3 key messages :
The first is a message of vigilance and concern regarding the violence that has followed the recent demonstrations in Iran. Our position, to be very clear about it, is that we need to have an appropriate response to these latest events and to follow a narrow path : Yes of course to a necessary vigilance and a call for the full respect of freedom of expression, but no to the instrumentalisation of the crisis from the outside because it would only reinforce the extremes, which is precisely what we want to avoid.
The second message from France is a call to preserve the JCPoA, which remains the biggest diplomatic achievement of the last decade and a cornerstone of regional and international stability. The full implementation of this agreement is absolutely vital while we are facing many security and non-proliferation challenges in the region and beyond.
The third message from France is a message of engagement with Iran: as President Macron has said, we need to maintain a pragmatic and demanding dialogue with Iran on a wide range of issues and on more particularly its ballistic activities and its role in the region.
These are the three messages that I will convey in the coming meeting.