Robert Malley, the US envoy for Iran, with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein in Abu Dhabi, October 18, 2021

As senior US official Robert Malley visits Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE this week, I joined Monocle 24’s Emma Nelson on Monday to assess the issues for the trip.

We begin with the headline of the Iran nuclear talks, considering the options for both the US and the Gulf States if Iran does or does not return to negotiations. We also look at relations between Iran and Russia, and conclude with a brief but important reference to the Syrian conflict.

Listen from 2:29: