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Macron says 'lost opportunity' if Trump, Rouhani don't meet

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French President Emmanuel Macron said that this week's UN summit would be a "lost opportunity" if his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani does not meet US President Donald Trump.

[UNITED NATIONS, United States] French President Emmanuel Macron said that this week's UN summit would be a "lost opportunity" if his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani does not meet US President Donald Trump.

In a three-way chat with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a smiling Mr Macron said that if Mr 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."

France's leader added that Mr Trump will not go to Tehran "so they have to meet now."

Speculation has been rife about whether the leaders of the arch-foes will meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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Mr Trump has said that no meeting has been scheduled but that he would not rule anything out.

Mr Macron has been leading efforts to set up a historic rendezvous between the leaders whose nations have been enemies for four decades.

He hopes that a tete-a-tete could help diffuse tensions between Iran and the United States, which have soared in recent months and seen Washington tighten sanctions on Tehran.

Mr Johnson said he agreed with Mr Macron that Mr Trump and Mr Rouhani should meet.

"You need to be on the side of the swimming pool and jump at the same time," the British leader told Mr Rouhani.

AFP