French President Emmanuel Macron had announced that he wanted to do something different as the host of the G7 summit in the fashionable seaside resort of Biarritz. Thus, for the first time in the 44-year-old history of the club of the seven major western industrialized countries, no final declaration was negotiated. Probably out of fear, as in the previous year, the US president could withdraw his signature from the already agreed text after the summit.
Macron landed yesterday to bring movement in the dangerous nuclear dispute with Iran again. Completely unexpectedly, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Jawad Zarif also arrived in Biarritz. The visit shakes up the three-day meeting of heads of state and government. It was previously overshadowed by massive differences with US President Donald Trump.
Zarif’s invitation, which is sanctioned by US sanctions, is highly risky because the US sees Iran as an enemy and has no diplomatic relations. The Iran crisis is one of the main topics of the meeting, along with the US trade war with China and its detrimental impact on the global economy, its dealings with Russia and Brexit.
No meeting with US officials
However, Zarif will not meet with the US delegation, Foreign Ministry spokesman Tehran Abbas Moussawi said. Instead, the Minister accepted an invitation from his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian. Both wanted to come together on the edge of the summit.
After the dissolution of Trump’s nuclear deal with Iran, tensions with Iran, as well as differences with Europeans about the right course towards Teheran, had intensified. The US wants to force Iran, with maximum political and economic pressure, to change course in what is considered to be aggressive foreign policy. However, the reintroduction of sanctions has so far only fueled tensions in the region.
The heads of state and government of the powerful state club had already discussed on Saturday evening about possible solutions to the Iran crisis. French President said all G7 members wanted stability and peace in the region. Initiatives to calm the situation should be continued. Macron is currently chairman of the G7.
US President Donald Trump denied that Macron had been commissioned by the G7 Round to send a message to Iran. “No, I did not discuss that,” Trump said in a meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. But he also said he would not mind such a move. “We can not stop people from talking, they can talk when they want to talk.”
Support for Johnson
In the dispute between the EU and Boris Johnson, Trump demonstratively backed the new British prime minister for leaving the EU. “He’s the right man for the job,” Trump said at breakfast with Johnson, promising him a quick, comprehensive trade deal with the US. One will conclude a “very big” pact. The same with Japan, according to the US president.
“There are huge opportunities for Britain in the US market,” said the British Prime Minister. He acknowledged, however, that negotiations with Washington would be difficult. Trump had already announced before the G7 summit that he was facing his first meeting with the new British prime minister with “great enthusiasm.”