French, Iranian presidents speak to help break nuclear impasse

By REUTERS
March 26, 2015 17:56

LAUSANNE- French President Francois Hollande spoke to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday after a request from the Iranian side in what appeared to be an effort to break an impasse that has held up a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

"The President (Hollande), while underscoring the legitimate rights of Iran to civilian nuclear power, insisted on the need for everybody to work in good faith to reach a lasting, robust and verifiable Iranian nuclear program that guarantees Iran will not get an atomic weapon," a statement from the French presidency said.

The conversation, a rare exchange between Paris and Tehran, comes days after officials close to the negotiations said France was demanding more stringent conditions than its Western allies for any future agreement under which Iran would curb sensitive nuclear activity in exchange for ending sanctions.


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