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France’s president said on Wednesday he would meet Iranian officials ahead of this weekend's G7 summit and make proposals to help de-escalate tensions between Washington and Tehran. © Reuters/SPUTNIK French President Macron attends a meeting with Russian President Putin at Fort Bregancon near the village of Bormes-les-Mimosas "In the coming hours before the G7 I will have meetings with the Iranians to propose things," Emmanuel Macron told reporters. Iran’s foreign minister said earlier this week he would meet Macron and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris on Friday.
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain, Germany and France said on Thursday they were concerned by tensions in the South China Sea, in a statement issued the day after a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China.
The situation there "could lead to insecurity and instability in the region," the three countries said in a joint statement issued by Britain's foreign ministry.
China and the United States have traded barbs in the past over what Washington has said is Beijing's militarization of the South China Sea via the building of military installations on artificial islands and reefs in disputed waters.
(Reporting by David Milliken; editing by John Stonestreet)
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