France says main priority is to de-escalate U.S.-Iran tensions

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FILE PHOTO: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks after a meeting of the Russian-French Security Cooperation Council in Moscow, Russia, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

NEW YORK (Reuters) – French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday his main aim at this week’s U.N. General Assembly meeting is to de-escalate tensions between the United States and Iran and a meeting between their presidents was not his top priority.

“The meeting between (U.S.) President (Donald) Trump and (Iranian) President (Hassan) Rouhani is not the number one subject. The priority subject is whether we can restart a de-escalation path with the different actors,” Le Drian told reporters.

Reporting by John Irish; Writing by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

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