New York, Sep 26: French President Emmanuel Macron called for “dialogue and multilateralism” to resolve the world’s crises in a speech at the UN Tuesday delivered minutes after US President Donald Trump blasted international “interference” in policy-making.
At times directly referring to the US, Emmanuel Macron rapped the Trump administration for its policies on Iran, climate change, the UN, migration and Mideast peace, among others, a report in CNN stated.
"What will bring a real solution to the situation in Iran and what has already stabilised it? The law of the strongest? Pressure from only one side? No!" exhorted French President. "We know that Iran was on a nuclear military path but what stopped it? The 2015 Vienna accord," he said.
"I shall never stop upholding the principal of sovereignty," Macron told the General Assembly, which draws more than 120 world leaders each year. "Even in the face of certain nationalism which we're seeing today, brandishing sovereignty as a way of attacking others." The French president’s defense of the Iran nuclear deal came shortly after Trump blasted what he called the “horrible” agreement, which was signed in the Austrian capital Vienna by his predecessor, Barack Obama.
In his address to the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Trump hailed his decision to pull out of the deal and claimed that “so many countries in the Middle East strongly supported my decision to withdraw from that horrible deal”.
While Macron did not name his US counterpart during his address, the focus of his speech, including highlighting the dangers of unilateralism that helped lead to the birth of the UN, centered on international dialogue and cooperation. Noting that “nationalism always leads to defeat", Macron urged his fellow world leaders not to “accept our history unraveling”, adding: “Our children are watching.”
Emmanuel Macron touched on the 2015 Iran nuclear pact that eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. In May, the Trump administration withdrew from the deal, which Europe has fought hard to maintain along with Russia and China.
Acknowledging that many might be tired of the challenges of collaborative work, Macron urged the countries gathered for the General Assembly to carry on, CNN report added.
"Do not accept the erosion of multilateralism," Macron said. "Don't accept our history unraveling, I'm not getting used to it and I'm not turning my head," he said. "That is my commitment to you and I count on you." (UNI)