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Germany's Maas heading to Tehran for nuclear talks - spokeswoman

Germany's Maas heading to Tehran for nuclear talks - spokeswoman
FILE PHOTO: Germany's Justice Minister Heiko Maas speaks arrives at the party's headquarters in Berlin, Germany, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke -
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BERLIN (Reuters) – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will visit Iran as part of a three-country Middle East tour next week, during which he will explore options for preserving a fraying nuclear non-proliferation pact, a ministry spokeswoman said.

The trip, timed to coincide with the end of the Muslim festival of Ramadan, will take in Jordan, the United Arab Emirates as well as Tehran, ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr told a regular news conference on Thursday.

She added that the trip had been agreed and coordinated with Britain and France, both of which support the non-proliferation deal they signed with Iran, and had also been discussed with Mike Pompeo, chief diplomat of the United States, which has repudiated the agreement.

(Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Paul Carrel)

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