Trump says ready to meet Rouhani

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President Donald Trump speaks with reporters.- AP

Biarritz (France) - French President Emmanuel Macron, host of the G-7 summit, said that Rouhani had told him he would be open to meeting Trump.



By Reuters

Published: Mon 26 Aug 2019, 10:00 PM

Last updated: Tue 27 Aug 2019, 12:55 AM

US President Donald Trump said on Monday he would meet Iran's president under the right circumstances to end a confrontation over a 2015 nuclear deal and that talks were under way to see how countries could open credit lines to keep Iran's economy afloat.
But Trump, speaking at a G-7 summit in the French resort of Biarritz, ruled out lifting economic sanctions to compensate for losses suffered by Iran. Trump told reporters it was realistic to envisage a meeting between him and President Hassan Rouhani in coming weeks, describing Iran as a country of "tremendous potential".
"I have a good feeling. I think he (Rouhani) is going to want to meet and get their situation straightened out. They are hurting badly," Trump said.
French President Emmanuel Macron, host of the G-7 summit, said that Rouhani had told him he would be open to meeting Trump. Macron said he hoped a summit between the two men could happen in coming weeks. Trump and Rouhani head to the UN General Assembly in September.
Rouhani is not Iran's top decision-maker. That role is held by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - and anything agreed at a Trump-Rouhani encounter would be subject to Khamenei's approval.


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