Larijani to hold talks with South Africa's Mbeki

Iran's top nuclear negotiator arrived in South Africa Sunday for talks with President Thabo Mbeki, ahead of a London meeting of the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany to discuss Iran's nuclear program. South African officials downplayed any significance in the timing of Ali Larijani's visit. Foreign Affairs spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa said Larijani's meeting with Mbeki was "part of ongoing and regular consultations with all parties" as South Africa is a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors.