Iran confirms encouraging development in relations with US

Tehran, Iran - Iran has confirmed that it held indirect talks with the US in Oman despite the two countries having no diplomatic relations, state media reported.

Iranian state media confirmed reports that Tehran has held indirect talks with the US, in spite of the lack of official diplomatic relations.
Iranian state media confirmed reports that Tehran has held indirect talks with the US, in spite of the lack of official diplomatic relations.  © IMAGO / Pond5 Images

Washington and Tehran have long been sharply at odds, with tensions centered on Iran's contested nuclear program and heightened by US support for Israel's brutal war on Gaza.

On Friday, Axios reported that US and Iranian officials held indirect talks in Oman "on how to avoid escalating regional attacks".

The official IRNA news agency said late Saturday that "the representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations confirmed indirect negotiations between Iran and the United States in Oman".

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It quoted him as saying that "these negotiations were not the first and will not be the last", without giving the time and place of the talks.

Middle East tensions at boiling point

The discussions were held after Iran launched an unprecedented drone and missile attack on Israel on April 13-14, in response to a deadly April 1 air strike, widely blamed on Israel, that levelled Iran's consulate in Damascus and killed seven Revolutionary Guards, two of them generals.

The vast majority of the over 300 missiles and drones fired by Iran were intercepted with the help of the US and other allies, and that the attack caused only minimal damage.

Less than a week later, explosions shook a site in Iran's central province of Isfahan in what was reported as an Israeli response to the Iranian attack.

Tehran has since downplayed the reported Israeli raid and said it would not respond unless Iranian "interests" were again targeted.

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