News reports that the US administration is planning to send a delegation to the Middle East, which includes several senior officials, to negotiate about the Iranian nuclear talks. It consists of members from the US State Department, the National Security Council, and the US Department of Defense.
The members will be headed by the Coordinator for Middle East Policy at the US National Security Council Brett McGurk and Adviser to the State Department, Derek Chollet. Other members of the US delegation include Joy Hood, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, and Dana Stroll, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle Eastern affairs.
Saudi Arabia will be the first stop for the delegation, according to Bloomberg agency officials, while the next stops will be the Emirates, Egypt and Jordan.
Bloomberg said that the US delegation’s visit to the region “aims to reassure allies about the nuclear talks with Iran.”
A US administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the delegation will discuss important issues related to the national security of the United States and the ongoing efforts to calm tensions in the Middle East.
The delegation’s visit comes amid growing concern about concessions that Washington may make to Iran in the ongoing talks in Vienna, and its return to the 2015 nuclear agreement from which former US President Donald Trump withdrew.