May 21, 2017 / 3:33 AM / 2 months ago

France says Rouhani re-election strengthens hope of Iran nuclear deal application

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani visits the election office in Tehran, Iran, May 19, 2017. Picture taken May 19, 2017. President.ir/Handout via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for his re-election on Saturday and said this reinforced the hope his government would apply the international nuclear agreement, his office said in a statement.

Macron will ask the French government to work on the intensification of economic, scientific and cultural ties with Iran, the statement said.

France also stressed the need to seek a diplomatic solution to the conflicts in the Middle East and called on Iran to adopt this approach.

Reporting by Sybille de La Hamaide; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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