Macron: Saudi Arabia must be included in the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program

US President Emmanuel Macron announced, Thursday, that he intends to “do everything in his power” to help establish a dialogue between Washington and Tehran.

“Saudi Arabia and other countries must be involved in any new negotiations on the nuclear deal with Iran,” he said in a speech to the Atlantic Council for Research.

He added, “I will do my best to support any American initiative to launch a new dialogue that will be difficult, and I will try to be a facilitator for this dialogue.”

On Wednesday, the US State Department announced that the administration of US President Joe Biden has not communicated with Iran since assuming power, and does not expect this to happen before consulting with allies and Congress.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman said: There is still a long way to go before studying any proposal from the Iranians.

Longer and stronger deal

On January 28, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called on Iran to return to abide by its nuclear agreement before Washington did so.

He added, “If Iran returns to full compliance with its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the nuclear deal), the United States will do the same.”

Blinken said that if Iran returned to abide by the agreement, Washington would seek to build a “longer and stronger agreement” that would address other “very difficult” issues.

Iranian proposal

It is noteworthy that the United States responded calmly on Tuesday to an Iranian proposal that includes Washington and Tehran taking simultaneous steps to return to the nuclear agreement, proposed by Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif on Monday as a way to overcome the stalemate between the two countries over who begins first to return to the agreement from which the former US president withdrew. Donald Trump in 2018.

This was the first time that Zarif had hinted that Iran might back down from its demand that Washington ease its economic sanctions before Tehran resumes compliance with the terms of the agreement.