US officials held indirect talks with Iran on avoiding regional escalation, Axios reports

By Thomson Reuters May 17, 2024 | 4:42 PM

(Reuters) – Two top Biden administration officials held indirect talks with Iranian counterparts this week in an effort to avoid escalating regional attacks, Axios reported on Friday.

The talks, involving President Joe Biden’s Middle East adviser Brett McGurk and acting U.S. envoy to Iran Abram Paley, marked the first round of discussions between the U.S. and Iran since January, according to Axios.

The conversations follow Iran’s missile and drone attack on Israel on April 13.

(Reporting by Costas Pitas and Dan Whitcomb)