Published On: Wed, Oct 2nd, 2019

Iran news: President Rouhani left Trump hanging over phone call during meeting with Macron | World | News

The US and Iran have been locked in tense relations following the crisis that has erupted in the Middle East earlier this year. The initial problems between the two countries began after Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 nuclear deal.

According to a report published by the New York Times, Trump and Rouhani were scheduled to speak over the phone.

However, the Iranian President refused the opportunity to talk to Trump despite the efforts of France’s Emmanuel Macron.

According to the report, Rouhani refused to talk to the US President unless sanctions were lifted on the Islamic Republic.

Despite Mr Macron’s attempts to broker peace between the US and Iran, Trump hit out at the French President.

Trump said: “I know Emmanuel means well, as do all others, but nobody speaks for the United States but the United States itself.

“No one is authorised in any way, shape, or form, to represent us!”

The refusal to engage in talks comes as both the US President and Rouhani have recently admitted that they would welcome talks.

Despite those intentions, tensions between the two states have been rising after the US recently accused Iran of the recent attacks on Saudi Arabian oil fields.

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Trump also stated that restraint “shows far more strength” as he outlined plans to enforce new sanctions on the Iranian central bank.

As well as the 2015 nuclear deal, relations between the US and Iran escalated following the downing of a US surveillance drone which had crossed into the Iranian airspace.

Moreover, in June the US accused the Islamic Republic of two separate attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

Although Iran refuted the claims, Trump stated during an interview with Fox that Iran carried out the attack.

In support of their ally, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also blamed the Islamic Republic.

More recently, bin Salman implored Rouhani to enter diplomatic talks with the US.

In a recent interview with CBS, he stated that a war with Iran would lead to “a total collapse of the global economy”.

He added: “The political and peaceful solution is much better than the military one.”

In response, the speaker of Iran’s Parliament, Ali Larijani, has said that Tehran is open to the idea of dialogue with Saudi Arabia.

Mr Larijani said: “Iran is open to starting a dialogue with Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region.”

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