The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog organization arrived in Iran for talks with President Hassan Rouhani, state TV reported Sunday.

The report said Yukiya Amano, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, landed in Tehran late Saturday.

A separate report said Amano met Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday morning but it did not elaborate.

State TV said Amano also will meet Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s nuclear agency.

Amano’s visit comes as world powers continue to negotiate with the Islamic Republic for a permanent deal over its contested nuclear program. Those talks face a November deadline after an interim deal was struck last year.

The West and Israel fear Iran’s nuclear program could allow it to build nuclear weapons. Iran says its program is for peaceful purposes like power generation and medical research.

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