On Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron has said that this weeks’ United Nations Summit would be a “lost opportunity” if Iranian President Hassan Rouhani does not meet the United States President Donald Trump.
In a three-way discussion with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the smiling President of France has said that if President Rouhani “leaves the country without meeting with President Trump, honestly this is a lost opportunity because he will not come back in a few months.”
President Macron claims that President Trump will not visit Tehran “so they have to meet now”.
Speculations have been widespread about whether the leaders of the arch-foes will meet on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York.
Donald Trump has said that no meeting has been scheduled but he won’t rule anything out.
The French President has been leading efforts to develop a historic appointment between those nations, who have been foes over decades.
President Macron hopes that a face-to-face discussion could help lessen tensions between the US and Iran, which have risen in recent months and seen Washington tighten sanctions on Tehran.
Boris Johnson has also agreed with Emmanuel Macron that President Trump and President Rouhani should meet.
PM Johnson told President Rouhani, “You need to be on the side of the swimming pool and jump at the same time.”