WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley will travel to the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain Nov. 11-20 to coordinate ahead of fresh talks about reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.
“He will coordinate our approaches on a broad range of concerns with Iran, including its destabilizing activities in the region and the upcoming seventh round of talks on a mutual return to full compliance with the (deal),” the statement said, referring to the Nov. 29 resumption of indirect U.S.-Iran talks.
The upcoming talks in Vienna seek to get Washington and Tehran to resume compliance with the nuclear deal, under which Iran restrained its nuclear program in return for relief from U.S., EU and U.N. sanctions.
Then-U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the deal in 2018 and restored broad U.S. sanctions, prompting Iran to begin violating its nuclear restrictions about a year later.
(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed and Kanishka Singh; Editing by Diane Craft)