Iran’s foreign minister’s visit to a G7 summit on Sunday taking place in France has turned out to be a ‘surprise visit’, adding more complication on the talks already troubled by differences between U.S. President Donald Trump and Western allies over a raft of issues.
Accepting the invitation by France President Emmaunel Marcon for talks on the sideline of the Southwestern beachside town of Biarritz, Mohammad Javad Zarif met his counterpart, including the French President on Friday during his brief stay, assessing what conditions that could lead to a de-escalation of tension between Washington and Tehran.
According to a French official, Zarif left the country without meeting any U.S. official.
However, Trump seemed to brush aside the French efforts to mediate with Iran.
Macron had met Zarif on Friday ahead of the G7 Summit to know the ways to ease the ongoing tension between two countries: Iran and US. Marcon feared that a collaspe of nuclear deal could put the Middle East ablaze.
Though Trump said that he was going along well with other leaders of a group, rifts sprang from his intensifying trade war with China to the nuclear ambition to both Iran and North Korea, and the question of if Russian leader Vladimir Putin should be readmitted to the group or not – Russia was excluded from the group in 2014 when it was known as the G8.