MUNICH, Germany (AFP) – US Secretary of State John Kerry was to meet his Iranian counterpart Friday on the sidelines of security talks in Munich, as a late March deadline looms for a framework nuclear deal.
Kerry arrived in southern Germany late Thursday, flying in from Kiev where he met Ukrainian leaders amid a fresh diplomatic drive to end the deadly conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine.
Initially the State Department had said the top US diplomat would meet on Saturday in the Bavarian city with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
But spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed to AFP the talks would be Friday and the two diplomats would “discuss the ongoing nuclear talks.”
Global powers have been struggling for more than a year to pin down a comprehensive deal to rein in Iran’s suspect nuclear programme, after an interim accord was struck in November 2013.
After missing two previous deadlines, the group known as the P5+1 – Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States – have set a March 31 deadline for a political agreement.
That would be followed by a final deal setting out all the technical points of what will be a complex accord due by June 30.