BIARRITZ, France – It was not on the original invitation list, but when a plane landed in Biarritz on Sunday, he brought everyone's attention to the city that brought President Trump and other world leaders to the city.
The surprising guest, Mohammad Javad Zarif, moved to the holiday home in the south of France at the invitation of the last moment of French President Emmanuel Macron, the annual meeting of the 7 Group meeting, calling for the States United resolution and Iran.
Mr Zarif was meeting with the French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, and was not invited to attend any of the formal sessions of 7 sessions, and he was not meeting any American officials here, according to French and Iranian officials. But he seemed unexpected in a conflict that had emerged in recent months with a series of episodes containing tankers and drones near Iran.
A senior French official insisted on giving advance notice to Mr. Trump. The Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, speaking to reporters, will not discuss Mr Zarif's visit, but made a point that he would occasionally indicate that Mr Trump was willing to speak to Tehran.
“The president has said what Iran wants to sit down and negotiate, it would not set preconditions to these negotiations,” said Mr Mnuchin. “I won't make any other comments about the people here and how not here and what conversations might be going on or not.”
Mr Zarif met with Mr Le Drian for more than three hours in the town hall of Biarritz and Mr Macron joined in the past 30 minutes, the French official said. Mr Zarif later said that he also informed officials from Britain and Germany.
“Iran's active diplomacy continues to address constructive engagement,” t wrote it on Twitter. “The way forward is difficult. But even try. ”
European officials continued a dialogue with Iran even when Mr Trump abandoned the 2015 nuclear agreement which restricted his nuclear program in exchange for the removal of sanctions.
Even when Mr Trump applied sanctions as part of his "biggest pressure" campaign against Tehran, Mr Macron and his colleagues in Britain and Germany have tried to rescue the nuclear deal. But Iran has recently begun moving towards more than the limits of the discussion.
Iranian officials told Reuters on Sunday that Tehran would be allowed to sell at least 700,000 barrels of oil as a gesture of goodwill to save the nuclear agreement. Moreover, they said, Iran refuses to negotiate a ballistic missile program of the country or the right to enrich uranium, conditions that would not be acceptable for Trump administration.
Mr Trump spoke hard about recent actions from Iran but Targeted airstrips were withdrawn to reitiate an American surveillance drone without lowering staff in June. He generally gave restricted answers to the seizure of Iran on a British flag oil tanker in the Persian Gulf and tested it on a mid-range ballistic missile. The administration also waived waivers on sanctions against objections to the hawk of Iran.
In July, Mr Trump gave his blessing to Senator Rand Paul, Republican Kentucky, to meet with Mr Zarif in New York. During that meeting, according to The New Yorker, Mr Paul was invited to the Oval Office by Mr Paul.
But the diplomatic scope quickly accelerated in the continuing tension in the region and Mr Trump's administration imposed sanctions on Mr Zarif, drawing criticism from Mr Paul for submitting diplomacy.
Mr Zarif was in Paris on Friday to meet Mr Macron just before the start of the Group 7 meeting. A senior French official said Mr Macron had decided to invite Mr. Zarif went to Biarritz on Saturday afternoon after the Group of 7 leaders displayed “agreed points” on Iran's discussion during dinner.
The leaders, the official, said that Iran had not agreed to get a nuclear weapon, and the need for stability in the Middle East. The official said that France worked “completely transparently” with the United States and its European partners and that Mr Macron discussed all Iran with Mr Trump during his Saturday lunch.
On Sunday Mr Macron said the Group of 7 leaders agreed on a joint outreach to Iran.
“Our G-7 message is our goal,” he told French TV. “We all agree on two very obvious things – we don't want Iran to get the nuclear bomb and we don't want to increase and destabilize the region.”
But he asked about that later by reporters, Mr Trump said he had not signed such a joint message.
“No, I didn't discuss that,” he said.
He made no public objection to Mr Macron's outreach to Iran.
“But we will do our own outreach,” he said. “But you know, I can't stop people talking. If they want to speak, they can talk. ”
The foreign minister visited a day after Iran's media reported that the government has sanctions imposed on the Foundation for the Protection of Phonetics, an organization based in Washington which was very critical under the nuclear agreement and supported the hard approach of Trump administration.
The institution's chief executive, Mark Dubowitz, asked Mr Trump and Mr Emmanuel to warn Mr. Zarif can be barred from attending UN General Assembly or UNGA meetings.
“While @JZarif and his regime are threatening to disclose their security device against an American citizen at @FDD, you are welcome to # G7Biarritz,” Mr. Dubowitz wrote on Twitter. “I hope that @realDonaldTrump and @EmmanuelMacron will inform him that further threats from UNGA will end.