Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has lashed out at the anti-Iran comments made by the French president in his recent meeting with his US counterpart, describing Emmanuel Macron as a hypocrite who changes his words based on the person he meets.
“The recent remarks made by French President Emmanuel Macron in his meeting with US President Donald Trump were amateurish and a source of regret,” Larijani said in an address to an open parliamentary session on Sunday.
He said it was not unlikely to hear such words from Trump, but Macron’s recent remarks were totally inconsistent with what he had earlier said in his numerous meetings and phone conversations with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
“It seems that Macron’s comments are based on what is liked by the person he meets,” Larijani added.
“If Macron is so much skilled in resolving international issues and threatening other nations, isn’t it better for him to settle his own country’s internal problems first to prevent so much casualties from the French nation?” the Iranian speaker asked.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi had earlier dismissed Macron’s statements, saying such remarks will not at all help save the Iran nuclear deal.
“Despite [making] some remarks and [issuing] political statements, the European parties have failed so far to fulfil their commitments under the JCPOA and their obligations following the US’ illegal withdrawal from the agreement,” Mousavi said.
The Europeans, he added, have failed to prepare the grounds for Iran to fully benefit from the multilateral agreement.
Iran’s reaction came after Macron told Trump he doesn’t think Paris and Washington have differences over Iran.
“I think we do share the same objective on Iran,” the French leader said.
He listed four common priorities of the US and France in addressing Iranian behaviour moving forward: preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, reducing Iran’s ballistic activity, containing Iran’s regional activity and establishing peace in the region.
“All the other debates are about technicalities,” he said, calling for fresh negotiations to extend the terms of the JCPOA and to achieve those goals.