France warns Lebanon’s Hezbollah away from possible Iran-U.S. war

French Ambassador to Lebanon Bruno Foucher warned Hezbollah on Saturday not to participate in a possible war between the United States and Iran.

“Hezbollah is in touch with Iran and the party knows how dangerous the situation is. This is why we want Hezbollah to be alert against being involved in a reaction that would put Lebanon in danger,” Foucher was quoted as saying by Elnashra, an online independent newspaper.

He also called upon Iran not to withdraw completely from the 2015 nuclear agreement negotiated between Iran and six world powers, which offers Tehran relief of sanctions in return for restrictions on its nuclear program.

“We are very sorry that the United States withdrew from this deal because it was a good agreement and we will go till the end with the deal,” Foucher said.

In addition, the French ambassador reminded Iran that other countries did not withdraw from the deal.

“We are also looking for a new framework to deal economically with Iran despite the American sanctions imposed on the country,” he noted.

The new framework will require Iran to adopt legal standards related to financial transparency such as the compliance with GAFI, an inter-governmental body whose purpose is the development and promotion of national and international policies to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, Foucher said.