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Stage being set for Iran-U.S. summit to find deal: Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a joint press conference at the end of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

BIARRITZ, France (Reuters) - French President Emmannuel Macron said on Monday that preparations were under way for a meeting between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and U.S. President Donald Trump in the coming weeks to find a solution to the nuclear standoff.

“Two things are very important for us: Iran must never have nuclear weapons, and this situation should never threaten regional stability,” he told a news conference at the end of a meeting of G7 leaders in Biarritz, France.

He said that discussions were under way to arrange a summit.

“What I hope is that in coming weeks, based on these talks, we can manage to see a summit between President Rouhaini and President Trump.”

Trump and Rouhani are both expected to be at the U.N. General Assembly in New York at the end of September.

Reporting by John Chalmers; Editing by Alison Williams