LIVE: Antony Blinken and Dominic Raab Hold Joint News Conference in London

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    (May 3) Watch live as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab hold a joint news conference at No. 10 Downing St. in London after meeting earlier Monday for talks on issues related to Iran.

    The talks came a day ahead of the first face-to-face discussions in two years of ministers from the Group of Seven leading industrial nations and other invited representatives.

    The UK holds this year’s presidency of the G7.

    Blinken’s visit to London, his first since being appointed by President Joe Biden, came amid mounting speculation of a prisoner exchange deal with Iran.

    Prisoner exchanges are not uncommon and were a feature of the 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and leading powers.

    Biden has indicated that he is looking to restart nuclear talks with Tehran after his predecessor, Donald Trump, pulled the US out of the agreement.

    In Britain, there’s particular interest in the wellbeing of British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

    She was last week sentenced to an additional year in prison on charges of spreading “propaganda against the system.”

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    Dominic Rennie Raab is a British politician serving as First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs since July 2019.

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    Iran, also called Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. Its central location in Eurasia and proximity to the Strait of Hormuz give it significant geostrategic importance. Tehran is the capital and largest city.

    Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Elamite kingdoms in the fourth millennium BC. The Iranian Revolution established the current Islamic Republic in 1979.

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    The country’s rich cultural legacy is reflected in part by its 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Historically a multi-ethnic country, Iran remains a pluralistic society comprising numerous ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups, the largest being Persians, Azeris, Kurds, Mazandaranis and Lurs.

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