France’s Macron discusses Middle East tensions with UAE and Iraq’s Salih

French President Emmanuel Macron (R) gestures as he speaks with The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed al Nayan (2L) as French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) looks on after meetings at The Elysee Palace in Paris on June 21, 2017. (Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)

PARIS (Rahnuma): French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the latest tensions in the Middle East on Saturday with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and Iraq’s President Barham Salih.

A statement from Macron’s office added that he and Salih would remain in close contact to try to avert a further escalation in tensions in Iraq and the broader region.

Iran’s military chief Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis were killed in a US air strike that has raised the spectre of wider conflict in the Middle East.

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