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US confirms Kerry to meet Iranian FM in Geneva next week

AFP , Friday 9 Jan 2015

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

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.

The top US diplomat leaves late Friday for a trip to India, after which he will travel to Geneva and then head to Bulgaria, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

There could be additional stops on the way, she added.

Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi was earlier quoted by the ISNA news agency as saying that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif would meet with Kerry in Geneva.

US and Iranian delegations are also to hold bilateral discussions on January 15-17 ahead of multilateral talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of nations.

The US State Department announced Thursday that bilateral negotiations would restart in Geneva, as a third deadline for a lasting agreement on Iran's nuclear program looms.

Acting Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman, who has led the US delegation for more than two years, will head the team of senior officials and advisors to the talks, it said.

In Bulgaria, Kerry will discuss energy cooperation and democracy building, Psaki added.

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