U.S. envoy to Iran Brian Hook

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – Brian Hook, the U.S. Special Representative for Iran, said on Tuesday that he would like to have a direct meeting with Iranian officials to discuss consular affairs.

The Reuters news agency noted that the term “consular research” is usually used by U.S. diplomats regarding Iran to refer to a possible exchange of prisoners.

“We’d like to have a direct meeting to have a consular dialogue so that we can move faster than we are,” Hook said at an event organized by an Internet research institute.

He added that he had hoped to meet with Iran’s Foreign Minister in Zurich in December, but the Iranians refused.

On June 7, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said: “If conditions exist for the exchange of prisoners, we are ready to release all other detained citizens in America and return them to the country.”

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