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Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif Makes Surprise Appearance at G7 to Hold Talks with European Officials

HeadlineAug 26, 2019

One of the biggest surprises of the weekend’s G7 summit came when Iran’s top diplomat, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, arrived amid mounting tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Zarif tweeted a photo of himself in a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and wrote, “Iran’s active diplomacy in pursuit of constructive engagement continues. Met @EmmanuelMacron on sidelines of #G7Biarritz after extensive talks with [French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian] and Finance Min. followed by a joint briefing for UK/Germany. Road ahead is difficult. But worth trying.” Trump today claimed Emmanuel Macron asked for his approval before inviting Zarif, but reports say Trump was blindsided by his presence at the summit.

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