Sarkozy to FM: No contact with Hamas

The French President told Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni that France would not have any contact with Hamas.

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy told Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni that France would not have any contact with Hamas, according to a statement put out Sunday night by Livni's office. The statement came a week after French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner confirmed that a retired French ambassador held contacts last month with Hamas. According to the statement, the meeting, which took place in Sarkozy's private residence, also dealt with the Iranian nuclear issue, and the Palestinian negotiations. Following their meeting, Sarkozy and Livni went to the central ceremony in Paris marking Israel's 60th anniversary. Sarkozy is scheduled to visit Israel at the end of June, just prior to France's assuming the rotating presidency of the EU in July.