The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, plans to meet with Iranian President Ebrahim Raissi on Saturday in Tehran to “relaunch the dialogue”, according to a diplomatic source.
The meeting is scheduled for “early morning” before returning to UN headquarters in Vienna in the evening, the source said on Wednesday, adding that Grossi had made it clear he would only go to the Iranian capital on the condition that he could speak with the president.
In view of the deterioration in cooperation, “he wants to have the opportunity to restart the relationship at the highest level,” the European source added.
When contacted, the IAEA declined to comment.
The Iranian news agency Fars reported that Grossi would arrive in Tehran on Friday for high-level meetings on Saturday, without giving further details.
The visit comes at a time when the progress of Iran’s nuclear programme is causing great concern.
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