France Asks Iran to Pressure Government of Syria Over Ghouta

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Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, has urged Hassan Rouhani, his Iranian counterpart, to put pressure on the government of Syria to end the attacks against the besieged eastern Ghouta region of Syria and let humanitarian aid flow.

During a phone conversation on the eve of the trip of Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Tehran, both presidents agreed to work together in the coming days with Damascus, the United Nations, and some other countries who are committed to improve the situation for the civilians and make a ceasefire effective.

The presidency statement said that France also anticipates Iran to make a “constructive contribution” to solving the crises in the Middle East.

On Sunday the United Nations said that violence has intensified in eastern Ghouta, despite a ceasefire call by the United Nations a week ago and the bombing of the besieged Syrian enclave draws a “simply unacceptable” punishment for the civilians.

Le Drian also said that Iran must address concerns regarding its ballistic missile program or risk some new sanctions.

The semi-official Fars News agency disclosed that Iran said that the concern of France over its ballistic missile program was “wrong.”