PARIS, January 3(Xinhua)-- French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, local time. The two leaders called on all parties in the Middle East to exercise restraint and prevent further escalation of the regional situation.
In his call with Putin, Macron said France valued Iraq's sovereignty and security and stability in the region and called on Iran to restore full compliance with the Iran nuclear deal, a press release released that night by the French presidential office said.
Macron also said the fight against terrorism remains the region's top priority and that France will continue to work with the international community against extremist groups such as Islamic State. Macron and Putin agreed to continue to communicate closely on the situation in Iraq in the coming days.
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps under the \"Al-Quds Brigade\" commander Sulaimani was killed on Wednesday in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad by U.S. forces. U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered the attack on Mr. Suleimani, the U.S. Department of Defense said.
In addition, Macron spoke by phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday to discuss the situation in the Middle East, including Syria and Libya. The two leaders also discussed bilateral relations between France and Turkey. But officials in both France and Turkey have not given details of the call.
French Foreign Minister Le De Lyon called U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo to discuss the situation in the Middle East. France's foreign ministry issued a statement saying it was concerned about recent tensions in the Middle East and called for all efforts in the future to avoid further escalation of tensions and seek ways to cool the situation and maintain stability in Iraq and the region as a whole.