Israel's Lapid Departs for London, Paris Ahead of Iran Nuclear Talks

Lapid will meet several high-ranking British officials including Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron

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Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at a Yesh Atid party meeting last week
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Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will visit London and Paris for a round of diplomatic meetings ahead of the resumption of negotiations surrounding Iran's nuclear program in Vienna.

Due to the detection of a new COVID variant the British and French delegations have been reduced to a minimum, and only several meetings and events will take place.

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Lapid, who departed on Sunday evening, will hold several meetings with British officials and the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday after which he will leave to Paris, where he's scheduled to meet the French President Emmanuel Macron. Lapid's meeting with Macron will take place on Tuesday.

The nuclear talks in Vienna are set to resume on November 29 after Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani announced earlier this month the country's willingness to return to negotiations. 

In April, Tehran and six powers started to discuss ways to salvage the nuclear pact, which has eroded since 2018 when then-President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from it and reimposed sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to breach various limits on uranium enrichment set by the pact.

But the talks have been on hold since the election of Iran's hardliner President Ebrahim Raisi in June, who is expected to take a tough approach when the talks resume in Vienna.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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