Iran Has a Role to Play in Regional Crises, Says Hollande

French President Francois Hollande said late Monday that Iran has a role to play in regional crises in the Middle East and the Gulf after the accord on nuclear energy it signed earlier this month.

“Iran is a country that must bring solutions including in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain,” Hollande told reporters at the annual diner with members of the press covering the president.

Iran’s way to welcome Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on his July 29 visit in Tehran will be “defining of Iran’s behavior,” the French President said.

Following a deal between Iran and six world powers in Vienna, restrictions weighing on the country will be lifted once the United Nations-atomic watchdog verifies that Iran has curbed its nuclear activities and fully addressed suspicions that it sought to develop nuclear weapons in the past. That verification is due by Dec. 15, though U.S. officials estimate that it will take longer than that.

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