Iran holds “indirect talks” with United States in Oman

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Published: 2024-05-19 14:01

Last Updated: 2024-07-04 18:59


Brett McGurk, the US National Security Council Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa. (June 7, 2017) (Photo: AP)
Brett McGurk, the US National Security Council Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa. (June 7, 2017) (Photo: AP)

Two top officials from the Joe Biden administration held “indirect talks” with Iranian officials in Oman on how to avoid escalating regional attacks, two sources told American news website Axios.

The talks discussed clarifying the consequences of actions by Iran and its proxies in the region and to discuss US concerns on Iran’s nuclear program, after several Iranian officials hinted towards the country's production of nuclear weapons – per Axios.

The two officials representing the United States were Biden’s top Middle East adviser, Brett McGurk, and Abram Paley, the acting US envoy for Iran.

The official state news agency of Iran said that “the representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations confirmed indirect negotiations between Iran and the United States in Oman.”

“These negotiations were not the first and will not be the last,” the representative said, without specifying any more details on the talks.

This is the first round of talks held between the US and Iran since January, where discussions in a similar form were also held in Oman.