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EU Chief Calls on China to Pressure Iran Over Weapons Sales

Chinese President Xi Jinping, France's President Emmanuel Macron, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen hold a trilateral meeting as part of the Chinese president's two-day state visit, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 6, 2024. Gonzalo Fuentes / POOL / AFP

European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made a direct appeal to visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping to help curb Iranian weapons sales in the Middle East.

“We believe that China can play an important role in limiting the irresponsible proliferation of Iranian ballistic missiles and drones,”  von der Leyen said after three-way talks with Xi and French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Monday.

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