UPDATED 7:12 AM PT — Monday, August 26, 2019
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the G7 must explore every possible way to reduce tensions with Iran. While speaking at the G7 summit in France Sunday, Merkel said she and her international counterparts had a “constructive discussion” of the threat posed by the Islamic Republic.
She strongly suggested that the international community should advance talks with the Ayatollah regime to curtail its nuclear aspirations. This comes after Iran’s foreign minister made a surprise appearance at the G7 summit, sparking shock and confusion among attendees. However, Merkel said dialogue with Iran is still possible.
“Then for a long time yesterday, we dealt with the subject of Iran,” explained the German chancellor. “We had a very good constructive discussion, which made clear that everyone agrees that Iran must not be given nuclear weapons and that everyone wants to achieve this result by means of a negotiated solution.”
Merkel also urged “immediate communication” between the EU and U.S. on further possibilities to advance talks with Iran.