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Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani

Iran Reportedly Pushed US to Broker Gaza Ceasefire During Secret Talks in Oman

During recent indirect talks, Iran asked the Biden administration to bring about a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war while the US pressed Tehran to curb attacks by its proxies, according to a renowned American news outlet’s report published Friday, March 15.

The report offered further details on the January meeting in Oman between the Biden administration’s Middle East czar Brett McGurk, envoy on Iran Abram Paley, and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani.

In addition to asking Iran to rein in attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels and expressing concerns about its nuclear program, the report said that the American officials called for Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria to stop targeting US forces.

Citing US and Iranian officials, the report said Kani in turn relayed an Iranian request for the US to broker a ceasefire in Gaza, without specifying whether this meant a temporary truce or a permanent end to the fighting between Israel and Hamas.

Two Iranian officials were quoted saying that the Islamic Republic continued to deny it controls the activities of its proxies, in particular the Houthis, but said it could influence them to bring attacks to a complete stop only after a ceasefire is reached. Though no agreement was reached, US and Iranian officials said they have continued to exchange messages via Oman about the proxies and a ceasefire. (TOI / VFI News)