France worried by Iran's 'hegemonic' intentions: FM

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France is worried by Iran's "hegemonic" intentions in the Middle East, AFP reported Thursday (November 16th).

At a press conference with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir, Le Drian echoed Riyadh's concerns over Iranian "intervention in regional crises" and "hegemonic" intentions in the region.

"I am thinking specifically about Iran's ballistic programme," Le Drian said.

Le Drian focused on Lebanon and its prime minister Saad al-Hariri in his comments to reporters, saying the Middle Eastern country should be "protected from foreign interference".

Al-Hariri, whose sudden resignation on November 4th while in Saudi Arabia sparked a flurry of diplomatic talks, has accepted an invitation to visit France, Le Drian said.

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