August 25, 2019 / 2:23 PM / 3 months ago

Iranian, French foreign ministers in talks in Biarritz

BIARRITZ, France, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is in talks with his French counterpart on the sidelines of a G7 leaders’ summit to discuss what conditions would de-escalate tensions between Washington and Tehran, a French presidency official said.

“Zarif came to Paris on Friday with Iranian propositions which obviously must be refined,” the French official said.

“Yesterday there was a substantial discussion between G7 leaders and it is important to now update Zarif in order to keep closing the gap...on the conditions with which we could de-escalate the tensions and create breathing space for negotiations.”

No discussions are planned between Iranian and American officials at this stage, the official said, adding that Zarif’s visit had been finalised on Saturday evening. (Reporting by Marine Pennetier; Writing by Richard Lough)

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