France Sends Top Diplomat to Iran for Talks to Reduce Tensions

PARIS, June 19 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron’s top diplomatic adviser travelled to Iran on Wednesday to hold talks with local officials as part of European efforts to reduce tensions in the Persian Gulf region, a presidency official said.

“The diplomatic adviser did indeed travel to Iran on June 19…to hold high-level talks with the objective of contributing to a de-escalation of tensions in the region,” the official said, confirming information from two diplomatic sources.

The diplomat, Emmanuel Bonne, has been based in Iran in the past and is a Middle East expert.

(Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey and John Irish Editing by Geert De Clercq)