Two days before a Security Council ultimatum runs out, France has said it is open to dialogue with Iran. In an interview with EuroNews, Foreign Affairs minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Paris is keen to leave the door open: “I hear that Iran is ready to start talks. I would like to say that France, too, wishes to open a dialogue with Iran as long as it is a concrete, transparent and constructive dialogue. This doesn’t mean that we don’t include suspension as a condition but it is important to keep the door open to dialogue if Iran is willing to talk,” said Douste-Blazy.“Why? Because France will do all it can to avoid confrontation. The international community must not be divided, split in two, that would be a victory for Iran,” added the Foreign Affairs minister.
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