Iran Reveals Ongoing Indirect Talks with US Despite Gaza Conflict

Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Chairman Kamal Kharrazi revealed that indirect talks between Iran and the US have been ongoing for years. The talks aim to prevent conflict in the Middle East, despite Iran's continued support for regional resistance movements.

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Iran Reveals Ongoing Indirect Talks with US Despite Gaza Conflict

Iran Reveals Ongoing Indirect Talks with US Despite Gaza Conflict

Kamal Kharrazi, Chairman of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, has revealed that indirect talks between Iran and the United States have been ongoing for years, including during the recent Israeli military campaign in Gaza. In an interview with Al Jazeera, Kharrazi stated, "Indirect talks between Iran and the US are not new. It has been in place for years and it is still in place today, either through the Swiss Embassy, which protects American interests in Iran, or through some countries in the region."

Why this matters: The ongoing indirect talks between Iran and the US have significant implications for regional stability and the potential for conflict in the Middle East. The success or failure of these talks could have far-reaching consequences for global security and the balance of power in the region.

Regarding the Israeli military campaign against the Gaza Strip, Kharrazi noted that both Iran and the US aimed to prevent the expansion of the war, and that they had indirect talks in this regard. When asked about US media reports that Washington urged Tehran to stop backing the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, Kharrazi responded, "The US cannot make such a request. We have the duty to defend the axis of resistance. If the US makes such a request, the answer is negative."

Kharrazi emphasized that resistance movements in Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen, and Iraq do not receive orders from Iran and only consult with it. This revelation provides insight into the ongoing diplomatic efforts between Iran and the US, as well as Iran's stance on its support for regional resistance movements.

The US has accused Iran of spending nearly $1 billion a year on supporting militant groups in the Middle East, including Hezbollah and Hamas. Officials, say, attack, report, says that Iran spends around $700 million a year on Hezbollah and $100 million on Hamas. The US has imposed sanctions on Iran, aimed at forcing Tehran to curb its support for militant activities in the Middle East.

US Ambassador Nathan Sales claimed that Iran spends around $700 million a year on Hezbollah and $100 million on Hamas. The US has imposed sanctions on Iran, aimed at forcing Tehran to curb its support for militant activities in the Middle East.

Iranian officials have stated that the sanctions will not deter the country's support for its allies in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and elsewhere. Ambassador Sales emphasized Iran's role, saying, "Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. It has held that dubious distinction for many years now, and it shows no signs of relinquishing the title." He added, "Sadly, it is the Iranian people who are forced to pay this price. The resources that Iran uses to fund its global terrorist ambitions are resources that come directly out of the pockets of everyday average Iranians."

The revelation of ongoing indirect talks between Iran and the US comes as Hezbollah, an Iran-backed group, has been involved in border clashes with Israel, resulting in the deaths of 47 fighters. Hezbollah has lost a significant number of fighters due to Israeli drone strikes, prompting the group to unveil its surface-to-air missile capability for the first time. The group has taken steps to curb its losses and has indicated a readiness for all-out war if necessary.

Israel has said it has no interest in a conflict on its northern frontier with Lebanon, but has warned of devastating consequences if a war were to start. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres repeated his call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, the unconditional release of all hostages, and an immediate surge in humanitarian aid. As tensions remain high in the region, the revelation of ongoing indirect talks between Iran and the US sheds light on the complex diplomatic efforts at play, even as Iran maintains its support for regional resistance movements.

Key Takeaways

  • Iran and US have been in indirect talks for years, including during the Gaza conflict.
  • Iran aims to prevent war expansion and defends "axis of resistance" in the region.
  • US accuses Iran of spending $1 billion/year on supporting militant groups like Hezbollah and Hamas.
  • Iran maintains support for regional resistance movements despite US sanctions and pressure.
  • Ongoing indirect talks between Iran and US have significant implications for regional stability.