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Israel, Iran resume talks on Tehran’s disputed oilfields

Tel Aviv and Tehran have resumed talks on their disputed oil fields in a move that could mark the end of decades of friction between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Israeli and Iranian officials held separate talks at the sidelines of a meeting between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, a statement from Iran’s state news agency IRNA said.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with his Iranian and Israeli counterparts on Tuesday in Tehran, and the two sides have held several meetings over the past few weeks, IRNA added.

The Iranian leader was due to visit Israel later in the week, which is a day after his inauguration.

Rouhani has said the country needs to explore the oil fields, and has said that it is his personal desire to develop the area.

Iran and the West accuse each other of building up the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme in violation of a landmark deal signed in 2015, but Tehran has denied the allegations.

The US, Europe and Japan have imposed sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme.

The UN has said Iran is seeking nuclear weapons, but Iran says its programme is for peaceful purposes.

Israel has also expressed concern about the developments.