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Putin, Macron Discuss Situation in Syria, Iran Nuclear Deal

MOSCOW, (ST)-Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed in a telephone conversation on Thursday the situation in Syria and stressed principal importance of political settlement and efforts to overcome the consequences of the crisis in the country.

The two presidents also discussed the situation around Iran nuclear deal after the United States’ withdrawal from it, the Kremlin press service said on Thursday.

 "Both sides stressed that the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) is a major factor in ensuring security in the Middle East and maintaining the nuclear non-proliferation regime. The sides noted the need to consolidate efforts of all nations interested in keeping the JCPOA in place," the Kremlin said.

The phone conversation also dealt with means to solve the Ukrainian crisis. The two presidents expressed readiness to step up efforts in that area, particularly by boosting the Normandy talks," the Kremlin statement added.

Hamda Mustafa