US congratulates Iran on World Cup, hopes for faceoff
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As talks in Vienna took a new break, the first public message Monday by Rob Malley, who is seeking to revive a nuclear accord, was on Iran becoming the first Asian team to secure a spot in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
"Congrats to #teammelli on qualifying for the #WorldCup2022. It's good to see women were allowed to attend the match," Malley wrote on Twitter, using the Iranian team's nickname.
"Hope #USMNT sees you in Doha," he wrote, referring to the US team.
Iranian women were allowed into the stadium for the first time in almost three years for the victory Thursday over Iraq.
The Iranian players, who won 2-1, entered by offering white roses to the American players in a symbol of peace.
Iran has not had diplomatic relations with Washington since the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution, which toppled the Western-oriented shah.