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French diplomat in Tehran

June 13, 2013

A senior French diplomat paid a brief visit to Tehran to discuss "solutions" to end the bloody crisis in Syria, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi said.

The director of the North Africa and Middle East section of the French foreign ministry, Jean-Francois Girault, met on Monday with Iranian deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Araqchi said.

"We frankly outlined our views about Syria and the solution which can help end the crisis. We hope all European nations and France take a more realistic approach and do not embark on a wrong track," Araqchi told reporters at his weekly press conference.

The one-day visit was part of "the bilateral cooperation framework" between the two countries, and was also aimed at "reviewing issues of mutual interest," said a diplomat in Tehran, confirming the visit.The French embassy gave no details of the visit.

Araqchi, meanwhile, also criticized the "dangerous decision" by the European Union on Monday to lift its embargo against arming Syria's rebels.

"This decision makes finding a solution for the Syrian crisis more difficult and longer," he said.




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