Aide to Iran leader may join Oman talks with John Kerry

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) holds a bilateral meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) on the second straight day of talks over Tehran’s nuclear program in Vienna, July 14, 2014. (photo by REUTERS/Jim Bourg)
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An adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei may join talks in Oman between the United States and Iran in the coming days.

Ali Akbar Velayati, longtime foreign policy adviser to Khamenei and a former Iranian foreign minister, may join the talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union negotiator Catherine Ashton, in a signal that the Supreme Leader may be preparing to sign off on a deal, sources told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity.

US and Iranian officials did not immediately respond to queries from Al-Monitor about the prospect that Velayati might join the Oman talks. An Iranian official reached early Sunday Nov. 8 disputed that Velayati was due to attend.

This article was written by Laura Rozen for Al-Monitor on November  9th. Laura Rozen reports on foreign policy from Washington, DC, for Al-Monitor’s Back Channel. She has written for Yahoo! News, Politico and Foreign Policy. On Twitter: @LRozen


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