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Hollande: Diplomatic solution needed for Iran crisis

Speaking to PM Netanyahu, French President Francois Hollande stresses importance of diplomatic solution to Iran crisis; says Prais determined Tehran will comply with Int'l law

AFP
Published: 09.13.12, 00:56 / Israel News

France's president is also joining efforts to prevent an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities: On Wednesday François Hollande spoke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and stressed that "a diplomatic solution must be found" vis-à-vis the nuclear crisis, the Elysee Palace stated.

 

During the talk Hollande made it clear to Netanyahu that he was determined that Tehran accept the UN Security Council and IAEA resolutions. The Elysee Palace said that the French would increase sanctions against Iran if it failed to comply with international laws.

 

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In a statement published Wednesday night Hollande "Reiterated France's commitment to reviving the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians and reach a two state solution" which will see both parties living side by side "in peace and security."

 

Last week French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius warned that an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities would backfire, the DPA news agency reported.

 

"I'm absolutely hostile to Iran having nuclear weapons but I think that if there were an Israeli attack, unfortunately it could come back to haunt Israel by (allowing) Iran to cast itself as a victim," Fabius, was quoted as saying. The minister made the remarks in an interview with France's BFM TV.

 

Fabius' comments were echoed by senior officials from Germany, Italy and Great Britain – in addition to the recent slew of US statements.

 

 

 

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