Donald Trump did not stand in the way of a G7 side meeting between the French President and the Iranian Foreign Minister, it was suggested today.
Mohammad Javad Zarif flew in and out of Biarritz today in a surprise attempt to break a diplomatic deadlock over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme.
He met briefly with his French opposite number Jean-Yves Le Drian, as well as Emmanuel Macron and British and German officials.
President Trump was dismissive on the matter with reporters, saying first that he 'can't stop people from talking' when asked about the meeting and then giving a terse 'no comment' when asked if he would be sitting down with Zarif.
In a picture posted on his Twitter feed, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (left in white shirt) meets with French President Emmanuel Macron (right) and French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, (second right) on the sidelines on the G7 today
'We work with full transparency with the Americans,' one diplomat told reporters on condition of anonymity.
The move may bring a glimmer of optimism in the longrunning standoff between Washington and Tehran.
The visit represented a gamble by French host Emmanuel Macron who is seeking to soothe spiralling tensions between Iran and the United States.
The Iranian top diplomat did not hold talks with US President Donald Trump in the French surf town, French diplomats said, but the presence of the two men in the same place sparked hopes of a detente.
'Road ahead is difficult. But worth trying,' the American-educated Zarif wrote on Twitter after the meeting, sharing photos of smiling officials.
French President Emmanuel Macron walks the street ahead of a meeting with Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during