While we know there is no official political relationship between Iran and USA, I want to know about the last one. I do not know about unofficial meetings or phone calls which may happen.

  • How do you define "government"? I'm pretty sure some US soldiers came face to face with some militants working for Iranian Government in Iraq.
    – user4012
    Mar 2, 2013 at 1:09
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    The political agents of USA who have an official permission to talk with the other governments according to the defined policies. Mar 2, 2013 at 1:19
  • You mean bilateral meetings as opposed to meetings in the United Nations or other such organizations? Mar 7, 2013 at 13:32
  • No, It is not about meetings which happen in the UN. Mar 7, 2013 at 22:22
  • It's always also a good idea to do a bit of research oneself and presenting it in question, especially for questions that lend themselves to googling. Mar 7, 2018 at 11:13

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There were regular meetings between the US and Iran governments up to the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

There was also contact between the US and Iran during the Iran-Contra affair, but I don't know if you would consider that 'official'.

  • I'm pretty sure there were meetings much later than that, duiring Iraq war. It may not have been advertized/acknowledged, but someone most likely talked.
    – user4012
    Mar 4, 2013 at 20:52
  • I would not be surprised if there were more recent ones. I someone has evidence of them, I'll be happy to upvote their answer. Mar 4, 2013 at 21:31
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    I would be very surprised if someone was willing to exachange 10 rep points on stack exchange for 10 years in jail :)
    – user4012
    Mar 5, 2013 at 16:11
  • @DVK Do not scare my audiences! :)) Mar 7, 2013 at 22:18

As a consequence of the hostage crisis,

On April 7, 1980, Carter severed diplomatic relations between Iran and the United States and they have been frozen ever since.

US don't have an embassy in Iran, and Iran has no embassy in the US. Heads of states of both sides have never met in the last 40 years.

However, especially during the Obama administration and after Rohani's election, diplomatic talks have been staged and lead to the Iran Nuclear Deal. The highest level of these encouters included ministers of Foreign affairs, hence a governmental level.

You can see here an official meeting between ministers of Foreign affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif (Iran) and John Kerry (USA), held in Lausanne, 2015, and leading to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or Iran Nuclear Deal.


Befor Iranian Revolution, already mentionined in the answer by DJClayworth, Iran was one of the main US allies in the region as can be read in this wikipedia article about Iran–United States relations. If it´s only about face to face meeting, then the las such meeting seems to be 1977. I am tallking about The Iranian Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi meeting with Alfred Atherton, William H. Sullivan, Cyrus Vance, President Jimmy Carter, and Zbigniew Brzezinski. To be more precise the meeting took place December 31, 1977 where Carter made his controversal New Year's Eve 1978 toast to the Shah. After that and untill the begin of the Iranian Revolution there were still contacts betwee Iranian and US officials, but I have no information if it were face to face meetings. Since the revolution started just a few days after that meeting 7 January 1978, it´s wery unlikely that any face to face meetings took place after that.

While 1977 was the last meeting where both Iran and USA were allies, the next and at the moment last meeting between the representants of the two governments took place 2015. The meeting was 14 January 2015 in Geneva during the negotiations about Iran nucler deal as can be read in this BBC article.

Kerry said that he met with Zarif also after that meeting, but at that time he was not representing the US government any more.

  • The accepted answer suggests that there are meetings up until 1979 which is after your meeting, can you please provide evidence directly in your answer and not a link to another site that shows 1977 is the last meeting?
    – Joe W
    Sep 7, 2022 at 13:11
  • @Joe W The question was about face to face meeting and there is no information about any other meeting which took place after the one mentioned.
    – convert
    Sep 7, 2022 at 14:02
  • Can you provide some information in your answer that isn't just link for someone to read? An answer that is given over 9 years after the accepted answer should provide better explanation of why the accepted answer is wrong.
    – Joe W
    Sep 7, 2022 at 14:39
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    @TMFG Shure, then you should post it as an answer.
    – convert
    Sep 7, 2022 at 17:53
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    @TMFG Hope then you don´t mind, that I added it to my answer.
    – convert
    Sep 8, 2022 at 11:10

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