Shortly after US President Donald Trump made a speech highly critical of Iran at the United Nations, his administration inquired whether his Iranian counterpart would meet Trump in New York, a request rebuffed by President Hassan Rouhani, according to a report.
Several administration and foreign officials confirmed to The Washington Post that following Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly on September 19, the administration asked the French president to convey the request to President Rouhani.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was also in New York, passed on the message to President Emmanuel Macron, according to the Post.
Iran’s response was “an unequivocal no,” the report said.
Before Tillerson’s request, Trump had already floated the general idea of using France to reach out to Iran, one senior administration official said.
“You guys have good relations” with Iran, Trump told Macron, the official said. “Could…