Kerry to meet Iranian counterpart —briefly in Munich
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.5
By Dalga Khatinoglu - Trend:
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry likely to have a brief meeting in sideline of the annual Munich Security Conference in Germany.
The U.S. State Department's Persian Language Spokesperson Alan Eyre told Trend Feb.5 that "the exact schedule is still shaping up, and this will likely only be a brief meeting, with the discussion focused on the nuclear talks".
Talks between Iran and the P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany) group have been extended until July 1, 2015 to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement.
After the sides failed to meet the 24 Nov. 2014 deadline they also extended the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed in November 2013 for providing Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
Eyre who has been a member of the US nuclear talks delegation since 2009 said that "the Secretary and his counterpart (Zarif) will take stock of where we are, and will use that conversation to instruct their respective negotiating teams going forward".
Earlier this month, Zarif had raised the possibility of another round of nuclear talks on the sidelines of the 51st Munich Security Conference, due to be held from February 6 to 8.
The US and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.