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    German foreign minister calls for ‘clear and serious’ Iran dialogue

    German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has called for a “clear and serious” dialogue with Iran.
    Talks about Iran‘s “problematic” influence in the region as well as its missile programme were needed, Gabriel told the Bild am Sonntag Sunday newspaper.
    Earlier this week, French President Emmanuel Macron called for a “framework agreement” on Iran‘s role in Middle Eastern conflicts to complement the 2015 deal on its nuclear programme.
    Iran‘s involvement in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen “destabilizes the region, or at any rate plays a role in maintaining severe tensions,” Macron said in a New Year‘s address to diplomats in Paris.
    Gabriel warned against trying to instrumentalize current domestic tensions in Iran, which has seen days of anti-government demonstrations.
    “We can only warn against trying to take advantage of the confrontation in Iranian society,” Gabriel asserted.
    en.europeonline-magazine.eu

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