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Macron And Rouhani Meet In New York After Europe Blames Iran For Saudi Attacks

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speak at the United Nations headquarters on September 23, 2019, in New York.

Hours after France, Germany and the United Kingdom jointly named Iran as the likely culprit in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, French President Emmanuel Macron met Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in New York.

Iran’s official news outlet IRNA that Macron went to the place where Rouhani is staying in New York to discuss “bilateral issues”. But IRNA adds that Rouhani spoke about “the duties” of all member states of the 2015 nuclear agreement and called the accusation by Europeans of Iran’s responsibility for the Saudi attack “baseless accusations directed at the Islamic Republic”.

Alireza Miryousefi, the press officer at Iran’s UN representation tweeted, “Meeting between President Hassan Rouhani and President Macron just ended. Two sides discussed ways to save the #IranDeal, bilateral relations, and President Rouhani’s new initiative for the region “HOPE”.

Miryousefi added that the meeting was “a long meeting”.

President Donald Trump told reporters he will focus on Iran during his speech to the UN General Assembly.

"We'll be talking about Iran," Trump told reporters about his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York.

Saying his administration had already put "a lot of pressure" on Tehran, he hinted at new measures in the US campaign to end Iran's nuclear technology programs and, more generally, to curb the country's power in the Middle East.

"A lot of things are going to happen," he said. "A lot more than you would know. A lot more than the media knows."

With reporting by AFP, IRNA