Hollande tells Rouhani 'every support needed' in Mideast24 september 2014, 11:49
French President Francois Hollande told Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani during a meeting at UN headquarters Tuesday that "every support" was required to find political solutions with regard to Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, AFP reports.
"We need every support to find political solutions," Hollande said during the 20-minute meeting at the French delegation at the UN, to which the press were admitted for the first few moments.
"I think that we can, through the idea that we hold the balance of the world, find outcomes, including at this terrible, tragic time," said Hollande.
The two presidents "exchanged views on the way to combat terrorism," according to a statement from the French presidency issued at the end of the meeting.
The French head of state opened the meeting by talking about Iran's nuclear program, which the West fears could allow Tehran to develop a nuclear arsenal.
The French statement said that Hollande had hoped that negotiations on finding an agreement to add international concerns over Iran's nuclear program would come to a swift conclusion.
France wants Iran to put in place concrete measures to demonstrate in a clear and verifiable way that it will not develop a nuclear military capability.
The French statement said the two leaders discussed "means of bilateral cooperation which could begin when trust has been reestablished by a definitive agreement on the nuclear question."
The two leaders last met a year ago on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.