Times of Israel: PARIS, France — French President Emmanuel Macron blasted Iran’s “headlong rush” to develop its nuclear program Thursday following a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Élysée Palace.
The premier urged France to back enhanced sanctions against Iran and to increase deterrence against the Islamic Republic and its proxies during talks with Macron…
…In a statement released by the Elysee Palace, Macron called for “firmness in the face of Iran’s headlong rush, which if continued would inevitably have consequences.”
The French leader also noted “that Iranian support for Russian aggression in Ukraine exposes Iran to sanctions and increasing isolation,” according to the Elysee.
The meeting, the first between the two leaders since Netanyahu returned to power late last year, had all the trappings of a warm encounter. Macron and Netanyahu embraced on the steps of the palace before waving to the cameras….
…Before taking off for Paris earlier Thursday, Netanyahu said that the focus of his conversations with Macron would be “our joint efforts to stop Iran’s aggression and its drive toward a nuclear weapon.”
However, Macron also pressed Netanyahu on rising violence between Israel and the Palestinians, urging Israel to avoid “any measures that could fuel the spiral of violence,” the palace said….
…He also stressed France’s commitment to the “historic status quo at the Holy Places in Jerusalem,” and its firm opposition to settlement building.
Macron’s office said before the get-together that the French leader would also “reiterate the need for all sides to avoid measures likely to feed the cycle of violence” between Israelis and Palestinians, while offering “France’s solidarity with Israel in the face of terrorism.”…
…Macron was instrumental in getting the Israel-Lebanon maritime deal done last year and France has shown signs in recent weeks that it may be working to expand its influence in the region.
While Macron met Netanyahu in Paris, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna flew to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. France is a major arms supplier to both countries, with Riyadh becoming the biggest purchaser of French weapons in 2020….
…Macron also mediated a regional summit in Jordan in December about the future of Iraq….
…France agrees that “firmness” is needed in dealings with Iran, a diplomatic source told AFP earlier, saying the nuclear program had reached “a dangerous point” and highlighting Tehran’s role in the Ukraine war. Read more …
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Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
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