(New York, N.Y.) — Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, an anti-Western diplomat with close ties to two U.S.-designated terror groups, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Hezbollah, will travel to New York this week for the annual U.N. General Assembly (UNGA). While there are presently “no plans” for U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to meet with his Iranian counterpart in New York, the visit will reportedly include individual meetings with the foreign ministers of Britain, France, China, Russia, and Germany – each a party to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Multilateral negotiations to revive the failed nuclear agreement have been stalled since June following the presidential election of ultraconservative, hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi.
Amir-Abdollahian owes his career to the IRGC. In 2007, Amir-Abdollahian and two senior Qods Force officers met with an American delegation led by then-Ambassador Ryan Crocker to discuss Iraq. He has also touted his close, long ties with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
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