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FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2013, file photo, released by the official website of the Iranian Presidency office, President Hasan Rouhani, right, shakes hands with Omani Sultan Qaboos during an official arrival ceremony, in Tehran, Iran. The U.S. and Iran secretly engaged in high-level, face-to-face talks, at least three times over the past year, in a high stakes diplomatic gamble by the administration that paved the way for the historic deal aimed at slowing Iran's nuclear program. Qaboos was a key player in facilitating the release of three American hikers who were detained when they strayed across the Iraq boarder into Iran. Qaboos then offered himself as a mediator for a U.S.-Iran rapprochement, starting the secret informal discussion between Washington and Tehran. (AP Photo/Iranian Presidency Office, Hojjat Sepahvand)