| 8 February 2023, Wednesday |

U.S. Iran envoy visits UAE, Israel, Saudi and Bahrain Nov. 11-20

The United States’ Special Envoy for Iran, Rob Malley, will travel to the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain from November 11 to 20 to coordinate ahead of new talks on restoring the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the State Department announced on Thursday.

“He will coordinate our approaches with Iran on a wide range of issues, 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 resumption of indirect U.S.-Iran talks on Nov. 29.

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.

  • Reuters