Macron to spark Trump fury as Iran chief lands plane at G7 summit after France invite

Mohammed Javad Zarif, Iranian’s foreign minister, has been asked to join world leaders at the summit, despite tensions between Iran and the United States reaching boiling point. French organisers have refused to comment as to why the Iranian official is at the meeting, but his appearance left many delegations surprised. Italian chiefs only found out about his appearance from news wire AFP. 

And it is likely to infuriate US leader Donald Trump who has regularly hit out at the rogue state.

The arrival of the delegate was confirmed by Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi on Twitter.

Mr Mousavi revealed the trip was to continue discussions between France and Iran and that no meetings would be held with US officials.

The tweet said: “At the invitation of French foreign minister Loudrian, our foreign minister, Dr Mohammed Javad Zarif, arrived in Biarritz, where the Seventh Group Summit was held, to continue discussions on recent initiatives between the Presidents of Iran and France. 

“There will be no meetings or negotiations with the American delegation on this trip.” 

An Iranian Government plane flew non-stop from Tehran to France, landing near the French resort where the historic meeting is being held. 

Mr Zarif was in Paris last week to discuss the 2015 nuclear deal which has been a source of conflict with the United States. 

The foreign minister described talks as constructive and good after a meeting with Mr Macron. 

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“Everyone wants to avoid a conflict, Donald Trump was extremely clear on that point.”

But the US President denied the conversation had taken place, revealing he hadn’t discussed it. 

He added: “We’ll do our own outreach, but, you know, I can’t stop people from talking. If they want to talk, they can talk.” 

President Trump attacked the French leader just days ago for interfering with negotiations. 

The US leader said he was frustrated French diplomats had waded into the argument and were trying to speak for the United States. 

Mr Trump said: “I know Emmanuel means well, as do all the 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.”

Mr Macron did admit he had not been given a formal mandate to message Iran but would continue to hold talks. 

The leader added both he and Japanese premier Shinzo Abe had taken initiatives on Iran and that all G7 nations wanted to see peace and stability in the region. 

Tensions increased between Iran and the United States after Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal and imposed sanctions on the nation. 

The fallout has seen Iran break limits on enriched uranium which has been condemned by world Governments, including the UK. 

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