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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks on the second day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich Germany Democratic senator: Zelensky has no plans to meet with Giuliani
Deanna Wagner | 19 February, 2020, 15:55

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a panel talk at the 2020 Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, on February 15, 2020.

"Zelensky clearly doesn't really want to talk about this, and I don't blame him".

Murphy and Republican Sens.

Murphy said he raised numerous contentious issues in his conversation with Zarif on the sidelines of an global security conference in Munich, Germany. The senators' meeting with Zelensky, whose July 2019 phone call with Trump helped spark the House's impeachment of Trump, was an effort to show that the bipartisan support for Ukraine remained even after the bitterly fought impeachment of the President, Murphy said.

Murphy claimed he told Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that Congress is also responsible for setting USA foreign policy. But I think it's risky to not talk to your enemies.

Democratic senator: Zelensky has no plans to meet with Giuliani
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Murphy said he's been meeting on occasion with Zarif for years, during both the present administration and the past one. "I can not conduct diplomacy on behalf of the whole of the US government, and I don't pretend to be in a position to do so", Murphy wrote. 'If Trump isn't going to talk to Iran, then someone should, ' he also said.

Murphy also previously defended other unofficial, shadow diplomacy by Democrats such as former Secretary of State John Kerry, who met with high-level Iranian officials in 2018.

Murphy's chamber recently voted on a war powers resolution aimed at reining in Trump's actions against Iran. The strikes came days after Iran's most prominent military commander, Qasem Soleimani, was killed in a USA drone strike in Baghdad. "It's risky not to talk to adversaries, esp amidst a cycle of escalation", Murphy wrote, claiming that he "urged" the foreign minister "to control any Iranian proxies in Iraq who might attack US forces and allies there", and "pressed him to release American citizens being unlawfully detained in Iran".

President Donald Trump told reporters later Tuesday that Murphy's meeting might violate the Logan Act. Enacted in 1799, the law prohibits negotiation by unauthorized American citizens with foreign governments that are having a dispute with the United States.

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