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Macron to press Trump on Iran diplomacy at G-7

French President Emmanuel Macron says he will present US President Donald Trump ideas for an economic incentive package to try to advance Iran diplomacy at the G-7 summit in Biarritz this weekend.
French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump prepare for a family photo during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina November 30, 2018. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci - RC1A3EBD6BF0

After weeks of consultations with the Iranians and the White House, French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to press US President Donald Trump for limited economic incentives at the Group of 7 summit this weekend in Biarritz, France, in an effort to try to get Iran to the table for negotiations and for there to be a return to full compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and a halt to provocations in the Persian Gulf.

But while Trump has long said he would like to make a new deal with Iran, the White House has given little indication, at least publicly, that it is receptive to such ideas for how to launch a diplomatic process or willing to show any flexibility in its maximum pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic.

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