In Iran, foreign policy heavyweight Sadegh Kharazi has come out in strong support of the country’s nuclear negotiating team. The head of the newly founded Reformist Voice of Iranians party, and former envoy to France, expressed his stance in a two-hour live TV debate with member of parliament Alireza Zakani.
Kharazi is a nephew of former Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi, who is now foreign policy adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The younger Kharazi also has family ties to Ayatollah Khamenei; his sister is Khamenei's daughter-in-law. To Western audiences, Kharazi is perhaps best known as a key figure behind the fabled “2003 grand bargain proposal” to the United States.