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Iran confirms indirect talks with US

Iran confirms indirect talks with US

Iran has confirmed indirect talks with its political adversary, the United States. Iran's UN ambassador in New York, Seyed Ravani, was quoted by Iranian media as saying the talks would not be the first, but the last. “We had indirect talks in Oman.”

The news website “Axios” reported this week about the secret contacts between two US ambassadors and representatives of the Iranian government. So they should help reduce tensions in the Middle East. According to the report, Iran's major attack on Israel last month was on the agenda. Switzerland represents US interests in Iran;

Since Ibrahim Raisi became president in 2021, there have been several indirect talks between the two countries, most notably during negotiations to renew the 2015 Vienna nuclear deal, Raisi and the Foreign Ministry have always insisted that negotiations not be held directly.

Additionally, the focus should be primarily on resuming nuclear negotiations and lifting sanctions against Iran – not on other topics.

Resuming nuclear talks is vital for Iran economically. After the Vienna nuclear deal and the lifting of sanctions in 2015, the ailing Iranian economy briefly recovered. In particular, oil exports, the country's main source of income, were again relatively modest.

But since the U.S. withdrew from the deal in 2018 under former President Donald Trump and imposed new sanctions, the oil-rich nation has been in the worst financial crisis in its history.