TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Head of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Kamal Kharrazi dismissed as baseless recent claims that he has attended secret talks with former US secretary of state John Kerry in Paris, saying he has only met with former French prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin.
In a statement released on Monday, Kharrazi’s office rejected as unfounded claims by Jason Osborne, a former adviser to US President Donald Trump, who said there are pictures of three Iranians who met with Kerry in Paris.
The office added that Kharrazi has paid the visit to France to participate in a meeting of “Leaders for Peace Foundation” initiated by Raffarin and attended a meeting with the former French premier.
In another statement by the Iranian embassy in Paris on the same day, the press attaché of the embassy also rejected the claims about a meeting between Kharrazi and Kerry and said the Iranian official has traveled to Paris on Sunday to take part in the first meeting of the Leaders for Peace Foundation.
“Just got pictures of the 3 Iranians who met with John Kerry yesterday. They are entering their hotel the “Prince De Galles”. Anyone know who they are?” Osborne tweeted on Sunday.
“So John Kerry just left a meeting @ L’Avenue in Paris w/3 Iranians. A friend was sitting next to their table and heard JK blasting (President Trump),” he had said on his Twitter account on Saturday.
“The Iranians had a 5 person security detail and left in diplomatic vehicles. Is he FARA registered?”
FARA stands for Foreign Agents Registration Act, a law which requires the agents of foreign powers to be registered with the US government.