Kerry To Meet With Iran Instead Of Netanyahu
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Feb 26, 2015 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

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Excerpted from The Washington Examiner: Secretary of State John Kerry is off to Europe and Saudi Arabia on Monday for a weeklong trip during which he will resume nuclear talks with Iran, just as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comes to Washington to lobby against a potential deal.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Thursday said Kerry would travel Monday to Geneva for a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council, and would meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the nearby resort of Montreaux to resume talks on limiting Iran’s nuclear program.

Kerry will then travel to Riyadh to brief Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz on the talks and other issues, and attend a meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council ministers in London on March 6.

The White House had previously said Kerry would not be in town when Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday, but did not say where he would be.

Kerry and his international partners in the “P5+1? group — Britain, France, Germany, Russia, the U.S. and China — are under pressure to close with Tehran on the basic outlines of a deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program by their self-imposed March 24 deadline. A November 2013 interim deal expires June 30, and officials in both Washington and Tehran have said they would not seek a further extension.[…]

On Thursday, Kerry lunched with Democratic senators to plead them not to move forward with sanctions.

While in Washington, Netanyahu also is scheduled to speak Monday morning at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and it’s likely many of the Democrats boycotting his speech at the Capitol may attend. Keep reading