UN Nuclear Chief in Tehran for Talks

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi has traveled to Tehran for meetings with Iranian officials.

Grossi arrived in Tehran on Monday evening and was welcomed by the spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi.

The UN nuclear watchdog’s chief is scheduled to meet with the head of the AEOI, Mohammad Eslami, on Tuesday morning.

He will also hold talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian Tuesday afternoon when they will meet for the first time.

Talks on creating a framework for cooperation between the IAEA and the AEOI are high on the agenda of Grossi’s visit to Tehran.

Before heading for Tehran, Grossi hoped in a tweet that his visit would help “establish a fruitful and cooperative channel of direct dialogue” between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog.

“I’m travelling to Tehran today for meetings with Iranian officials to address outstanding questions in #Iran. I hope to establish a fruitful and cooperative channel of direct dialogue so the @IAEAorg can resume essential verification activities in the country.”

Grossi’s trip also comes ahead of the meeting of the 35-nation IAEA Board of Governors.

Earlier this month, the IAEA chief complained that he had “no contact” with the new Iranian administration of President Ebrahim Raeisi.

Tehran dismissed the claim, saying that on the contrary, he had had close consultations with both the AEOI and the Iranian embassy in Vienna.

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