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Iran allows talks over jailed American

Published:Wednesday | May 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP):

Iran has held unusually direct talks with a United States-based lawyer over the fate of an American businessman jailed nearly two years in Iran.

A lawyer for Reza Taghavi has twice travelled to Tehran for face-to-face negotiations with the Iranian government, including a visit last week. So far, Iran has not set Taghavi free.

Direct contact of any sort between Americans and Iranian authorities is extremely rare.

A Los Angeles businessman, Taghavi is one of at least five Americans believed jailed in Iran. He has not been charged with a crime.

Direct contact of any sort between Americans and Iranian authorities is extremely rare.