Macron calls for ‘dialogue’ in Iraq and dismantling of militias

French President Emmanuel Macron called Saturday for a rapid opening of dialogue between Iraq’s central government and Iraqi Kurdish leaders and for “all militias” to be dismantled to ease tensions. “France calls for a constructive national dialogue to engage in Iraq,” Macron said at a joint news conference in Paris with Iraqi Kurdish leaders, including Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. Baghdad […]

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France’s Macron: Fighting terrorism abroad is top priority

French President Emmanuel Macron has made the fight against “Islamic terrorism” in Syria and Iraq the top priority in his foreign policy agenda. Speaking Tuesday to French diplomats gathered at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Macron called the Islamic State group “our enemy.” “Restoring peace and stability — Iraq then Syria — is vital priority for France,” he said. He […]

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Macron to unveil first French government

French President Emmanuel Macron is set to end the suspense over his first government on Wednesday after a 24-hour delay in unveiling what he has promised will be a new-look cabinet. On the campaign trail ahead of his election on May 7, Macron pledged a slimmed-down group of ministers of around 15 people, half of them women and including people […]

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