Obama, Hollande discuss Iran and Syrian situation

imgUS President Barack Obama met Tuesday at the White House with French President Francois Hollande during which they discussed several regional issues, including Syria and Iran.

During a joint press conference, Obama praised France for its “determination to meet its responsibilities as a global leader,” saying “from Mali and the Central African Republic to Syria and Iran, you’ve shown courage and resolve, and I want to thank you for your leadership and for being such a strong partner to the United States.” He added “we’re standing shoulder to shoulder on the key challenges to global security. Our unity with our P-5 plus one partners, backed with strong sanctions, has succeeded in halting and rolling back key parts of the Iranian nuclear program.

“President Hollande and I agree on the need to continue enforcing existing sanctions even as we believe that new sanctions during these negotiations would endanger the possibility of a diplomatic solution. And we remain absolutely united on our ultimate goal, which is preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” he affirmed.


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