Hollande calls on Iran to help in Syrian conflict
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Hollande calls on Iran to help in Syrian conflict

French president warns world must be ‘extremely vigilant’ on Tehran’s use of nuclear deal sanctions relief windfall

French President Francois Hollande waits for the Tunisian President on April 7, 2015 at the Elysee palace in Paris. (AFP / THOMAS SAMSON)
French President Francois Hollande waits for the Tunisian President on April 7, 2015 at the Elysee palace in Paris. (AFP / THOMAS SAMSON)

PARIS — French President Francois Hollande has called on Iran for help in the Syrian conflict during a Bastille Day speech in which he praised a landmark Iranian nuclear agreement.

Hollande said the deal shows the “world is moving forward” and that “Iran must show that it is ready to help us end the (Syrian) conflict.”

But Hollande also said that world powers must carefully watch how Iran uses the billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions it gets in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.

“Now Iran has a bigger financial capacity, we need to be extremely vigilant on what Iran will be,” Hollande added in the televised speech.

Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told newspaper Le Monde that the Iran deal was “sufficiently robust” to last 10 years.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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