Shock at G7 summit as Iran’s Zarif lands in Biarritz

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson hold a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/Pool

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Iran’s foreign minister flew into the French resort hosting a G7 summit on Sunday, an unexpected twist to a meeting already troubled by differences between U.S. President Donald Trump and Western allies over a raft of issues, including Iran.

Mohammad Javad Zarif was holding talks with his French counterpart to assess what conditions could lead to a de-escalation of tension between Tehran and Washington, a French official said.

The French official said that at this stage there was no plan for Zarif to meet members of U.S. President Donald Trump’s delegation at the summit venue, the Basque beachside town of Biarritz in southwest France.

Iranian U.N. mission spokesman Alireza Miryousefi posted on Twitter: “No meeting with Americans in Biarritz.”

Asked about reports of Zarif’s arrival at Biarritz, which had been closed for the Saturday-Monday summit of the seven industrialized nations, Trump said: “No comment”.