President Trump will meet Thursday at the White House with the president of the Swiss Confederation, which often serves as a go-between for the U.S. and Iran, as Washington seeks a way forward amid tensions with Tehran.
Trump and Swiss President Ueli Maurer will "discuss the partnership between the United States and Switzerland, including matters such as Switzerland’s role in facilitating diplomatic relations and other international issues," the White House said.
Iran is likely to be on the agenda, as the U.S. has no formal diplomatic channels in the country. Switzerland serves as a protecting power for the U.S. in Iran, meaning it represents American interests in the country.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday morning that the message she'd like the Swiss leader to convey to the Iranians is the same one Trump has been hammering for months.
“We’d like to see some behavioral change come from them," Sanders said. "We’re going to continue the maximum pressure, and that as the president has said if they take action they’re not going to like what he does in response. They’re not going to be happy."
Trump has indicated a desire to speak with Iranian leadership, even as his administration appears to be gearing up for a conflict.
As he dismissed reports of clashes within the White House over how to proceed on Iran, Trump tweeted Wednesday that he's "sure that Iran will want to talk soon."
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