Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif flew into Biarritz in southern France for the G7 summit on Sunday in an unexpected and dramatic attempt to break a diplomatic deadlock over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.

Zarif’s presence had not been announced and represented an attempt by French host Emmanuel Macron to find a way to soothe spiraling tensions between Iran and the United States.

The French presidency confirmed his arrival but emphasized no talks were planned with the American side.

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