U.S., France to discuss Iran nuclear deal next week

By Middle East Affairs European signatories of the 2015 international nuclear deal have yet to agree on a plan to meet U.S. President Donald Trump's demands, but Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron will meet anyway on Tuesday at the White House to discuss it, Reuters reported. A U.S. official told reporters

Russia’s Lavrov to hold talks with U.N. Syria envoy

By Middle East Affairs Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he will hold talks Friday with the United Nation's Syria peace envoy Staffan de Mistura, according to the foreign ministry. "I confirm that these talks are planned for Friday," foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. De Mistura, Reuters reported, is carrying out an