June 25, 2019 / 6:14 PM / 3 months ago

France's Macron speaks to Iran's Rouhani to try to ease Mideast tension

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a news conference after the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday as part of a French initiative to prevent an escalation of tensions in the Middle East, Macron’s office said in a statement.

An Elysee official declined to give further details on the conversation.

Reporting by Michel Rose and Marine Pennetier; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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