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Leaders' closing remarks at Biarritz G7 Summit

Here are highlights of the G7 leaders' closing remarks at a summit in Biarritz, France

U.S President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron holding joint closing news conference

U.S President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron holding joint closing news conference. / Via REUTERS

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Leer en español: Con estas palabras terminó la Cumbre Biarritz del G7

FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON

On Iran: "Two things are very important for us: Iran must never have nuclear weapons, and this situation should never threaten regional stability."

"Nothing is set yet and things are still fragile, but technical discussions have started with some real progress."

"What I have said to (Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad) Zarif and what I have said by telephone to President Rouhani is that if he accepts a meeting with President Trump, I am convinced that an agreement can be found."

"What I hope is that in coming weeks, based on these talks, we can manage to make happen a summit between President Rouhani and President Trump.

U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

On summit: "I want to thank you very much Mr President for the incredible job you did. This is a truly successful G7. There was tremendous unity, great unity."

"There was great unity. We would have stayed for another hour. Nobody wanted to leave. We were accomplishing a lot, but I think more importantly, we getting along very well."

On China: "I think they want to make a deal very badly. I think that was elevated last night."

"China has taken a very large hit in the last few months. Three million jobs. It will soon be much more than 3 million jobs. Their chain is breaking up like no one has seen before. Once that happens it is very hard to put it back together. I think they very much want to make a deal."

"The longer they wait the harder it will be to put it back, if it can be put back at all."

ON Iran: "They have to be good players, if you understand what I mean. They can’t do what they were saying they were going to do, because if they do that, they will be met with really very violent force. So I think they are going to be good"

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GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL

On Iran: "What unites us, and that is a big step forward, is that we not only don't want Iran to have nuclear weapons, but also that we (want to) find the solution to that via political means." On Brexit: "Europe is very much unified in its representation here ... we will have some work to do in the autumn on Britain's exit (from the EU). So we face some busy weeks ahead."

On talks with Trump: "I renewed my proposal that American firms - small and mid-sized firms - could come to Germany for a conference so that we can better present the German market to the Americans ... that (idea) met with approval."

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