US President Barack Obama is to meet with US senators to discuss ongoing talks with Iran over its disputed nuclear programme, the White House said Monday, dpa reported.
Meetings with key lawmakers on the Senate Banking Committee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate Armed Services, and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have been scheduled for Tuesday, ahead of the next round of negotiations in Geneva later this week, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.
Obama has sought to convince Congress to hold off on fresh sanctions against Tehran in order to allow the talks to play out, with the potential for a loosening of some sanctions in exchange for Iran halting parts of its nuclear programme.
The five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are to hold a new round of talks with Iran in Geneva starting Wednesday. The US delegation will be led by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman.