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A senior US official said on Wednesday that a team of US envoys will soon travel to the Middle East to hold talks with key allies of the United States, amid mounting concerns in the region about US President Joe Biden's bid to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal.
"A high-ranking delegation will travel next week to discuss a number of important issues related to US national security, and the ongoing efforts to reduce tension in the Middle East region," the official said.
An informed source said that the delegation will be headed by Brett McGurk, the White House National Security Council Middle East Policy Coordinator, and the US State Department advisor, Derek Schule.
Although the flight path is still unclear, there are tentative plans for the delegation to visit Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Egypt and Jordan, and Bloomberg was the first to publish the news of the trip.
Many of the United States' allies in the region are concerned that Biden is seeking to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, fearing that the resumption of implementation of the agreement will ultimately allow Tehran to acquire atomic weapons.
Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia began a third round of meetings in Vienna this week, with the aim of agreeing on steps that would need to be taken in the event of reviving the deal from which the administration of US President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018.