U.S. Would Accept EU Invitation for Talks with Iran

By Humeyra Pamuk and Arshad Mohammed

WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The United States would be ready to hold talks with Iran if the European Union extended an invitation, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday, sketching out a possible diplomatic path to restore the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

“We are ready to show up if such a meeting were to take place,” the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity, after talks among the U.S., British, French and German foreign ministers. Earlier, a senior EU official said he was prepared to convene such a meeting among the parties to the deal: Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.

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(Reporting By Humeyra Pamuk and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Leslie Adler)