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White House official says, France’s invitation to Mohammad Javad Zarif “a surprise”


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Iran’s foreign minister flew into the French resort hosting a G7 summit on Sunday, an unexpected twist to a meeting already troubled by differences between President Donald Trump and Western allies over a raft of issues, including Iran.


A White House official said France’s invitation to Mohammad Javad Zarif for talks on the sidelines of the meeting in the Basque beachside town of Biarritz was “a surprise”, and there were no immediate plans for U.S. officials to meet him.


Zarif went straight into talks with his French counterpart to assess what conditions could lead to a de-escalation of tension between Tehran and Washington, a French official said.



25th August 2019

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