Kerry to Meet Zarif in Geneva on January 14

Kerry to Meet Zarif in Geneva on January 14
Fri Jan 9, 2015 19:18:22

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva on January 14 ahead of the next round of talks on Iran's nuclear program, a US official confirmed Friday, AFP reports.

The two foreign ministers will discuss "guidance for the negotiating teams" which will meet in the Swiss city from January 18 seeking to reach a deal before the end of June, a senior State Department official said.

Later, a top member of Iranian nuclear negotiation team said that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's consultations with US secretary of state are scheduled for Jan 14 in Geneva and with Russian deputy foreign minister on Jan 12 in Tehran, IRNA reports.

Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said that those two rounds of bilateral consultations will be prior to the upcoming round of bilateral and multilateral the Iran-Sextet (UNSC Big 5 plus Germany) nuclear talks in Geneva.

Araqchi said that during his stay in Tehran Ryabkov will also hold talks with the other members of the Iranian nuclear team.

He said that prior to the Iran and  5+1 G talks in Geneva which will start of January 20 in Geneva, there will also be negotiations between the Iran and US delegations from January 15 to 17.

The nuclear negotiator said that both before and after the next round of Geneva Iran-Sextet nuclear talks all members of the Iranian nuclear negotiation team will hold bilateral talks with members of every six western delegations