Ashkenazi says Blinken updated him on upcoming Iran nuclear talks

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi says he was updated by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on next week’s meeting in Vienna on the Iran nuclear deal, which will include indirect talks between the Islamic Republic and United States.

During their phone call yesterday. Ashkenazi says the two discussed “regional strategic issues and Iran’s perpetual and intensifying violations of its nuclear commitment as well as Iran and its proxies’ regional activities, which escalate and undermine the stability of the Middle East.”

A readout from the State Department said Blinken “discussed regional security challenges,” but not mention Iran.