Zarif was due to hold talks with France’s Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, officials said [Stian Lysberg Solum via Reuters]

Iran‘s top diplomat has arrived in France for surprise talks at the G7 summit, an official announced, as US President Donald Trump appeared to brush aside French efforts to mediate with Tehran.

Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif landed on Sunday in the French seaside town of Biarritz, where leaders of the G7 nations – the United States, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Japan – are holding their annual gathering.

French President Emmanuel Macron, the host of this year’s G7 summit, has been leading efforts to defuse tensions triggered by Trump’s decision to exit the internationally-brokered

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