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No plans to engage with Iran at ASEAN meeting: U.S. official

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will not meet with his Iranian counterpart during a meeting of southeast Asian nations in Singapore this weekend, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.
“Iran is not a member of any of the multilateral gatherings so there are no plans for any engagement with Iran,” the senior official told reporters to preview Pompeo’s visit this week to Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.
“Related issues, of course - terrorism and proliferation, will be discussed at several of these meetings,” the official added, referring to U.S. charges that Tehran supports extremist groups in the Middle East.
Both Pompeo and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will attend Saturday’s meeting of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations bloc (ASEAN).
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