French President’s Official Visit to the US Goes Beyond the Pomp

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Donald Trump has repeated several times that France stands as the oldest American ally – this was not a random statement. The US President’s similarities with French President Emmanuel Macron have helped build a good personal relationship between the two, to the point where the French President appears as Donald Trump’s main European interlocutor.

However, more than the French-American relationship, this meeting will be very important for what is currently happening in the Middle East, in Syria and Iran.

The United States, the United Kingdom, and France have coordinated a missile strike in Syria on April 14, as a response to the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons on April 7 towards its own population, which killed dozens.

The military operation was not only a strong sign sent to Bashar al-Assad but also to the nations that support him: Russia and Iran. If Russia will also be mentioned during this state visit, the two western leaders will certainly focus on the Iran Nuclear Deal issue much more.

Donald Trump has vividly criticized the deal that he dubbed ‘the worst of all times,’ whereas Emmanuel Macron has voiced his support for it, both at home and on the international scene.

Whether the French President will be able to sway his American counterpart remains to be seen, but the outcome of an American pull-out from the agreement could have far-reaching consequences in the region. Iran has made clear that it was ready to resume its Nuclear program at full-speed, which would only further destabilize a region that always seems on the brink of collapsing.