French Ambassador to Return to US, As Biden and Macron Seek to Restore "Confidence

French President Emmanuel Macron and his American counterpart, Joe Biden, also spoke by phone on Thursday to discuss how they can "restore confidence" following Trump's exit from the pact

French Ambassador to Return to US, As Biden and Macron Seek to Restore "Confidence

The French ambassador to the United States said Friday that he will return to Washington next week, after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. French President Emmanuel Macron and his American counterpart, Joe Biden, also spoke by phone on Thursday to discuss how they can "restore confidence" following Trump's exit from the pact. France has vowed to uphold its side of the bargain and is trying to salvage what it can of the agreement which curbed Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.>

American allies are angry with Trump

Trump is pressuring U.S. allies, including Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to bring about a broader solution that would address Iran's ballistic missile program and support for Hezbollah and Hamas, The Wall Street Journal reported. The British, French, German and Russian foreign ministers have joined to meet with Iranian officials in Austria, where they will push for "all elements of the deal" to be maintained. The meetings between the allies are taking place as a European diplomat told Politico that Trump is "haranguing and bullying and undermining and pandering to his friends and interests and he is just plain out of ideas.

The French ambassador is returning to Washington

"The European Union will be as committed as ever to the implementation of the nuclear deal and will do everything to preserve it," Ambassador Gerard Araud said on Twitter. Earlier this month, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian suggested that France would consider imposing economic sanctions against the United States if the sanctions against European companies participating in the Iran deal were lifted as part of Trump's decision to withdraw from the deal. The French envoy's announcement came hours after Trump spoke with Macron by phone, in which the two leaders discussed how to avoid further deterioration of the Middle East.

France is trying to save the deal

However, the rest of the world has said it will not stick to the deal without the United States. This has left Trump isolated on the issue, with many saying he made a big mistake. But Macron also left the door open for talks with Iran, saying that he will discuss Iran with his Iranian counterpart during a visit to Iran this weekend, without directly mentioning Trump.

Conclusion

The French government is also calling for an extension of the 90-day "implementation" period to allow more time for further negotiations. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said Thursday that Washington is willing to negotiate with Tehran but has no intention of keeping the JCPOA. The EU, Germany, Britain, and France, also called for additional talks on the Iran nuclear deal. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini called on all sides to preserve the nuclear deal, saying "the Iran nuclear deal remains vitally important for our collective security." Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Iran deal came despite fierce opposition from France, Germany and Britain.