Former US diplomat in Iran for talks on Syria

Last Updated: Mon, Aug 26, 2013 13:00 hrs

Former top U.S. diplomat Jeffrey Feltman has arrived in Iran for talks on Syria and Egypt, his second visit to Tehran in a year as top U.N. envoy.

Feltman is now the U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. He previously served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs until May of last year.

Iran's state TV showed Feltman meeting Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, saying the two discussed regional issues including Syria.

Feltman visited Iran last September, accompanying U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to a non-aligned movement summit in Tehran. He is the highest-ranking American diplomat to visit Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution toppled the pro-Western Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and brought clerics to power.

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