This week, French president Emmanuel Macron is again playing the diplomat as Europe handles the aftereffects of the United States’ withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal.
The Iran Deal was brokered under former US president Barack Obama in 2015 in order to control Iran’s nuclear program and limit their ability to enrich uranium for the purpose of building new nuclear missiles. The US, UK, France, Germany, China, and Russia were all signed on for the deal, but when the contract came up for renewal this year, US president Donald Trump decided to abandon the existing agreement.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Macron this Tuesday at the Élysée Palace in Paris to discuss the situation in Iran and encourage Macron to drop the nuclear deal. As one of only five remaining signees, Macron’s choice would send a strong message to the world. But despite Netanyahu’s attempts, Macron has so far confirmed his desire to preserve the deal, saying that some framework for control within the region is better than none at all.