RIYADH (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reassured Gulf Arab states on Thursday that Washington was not seeking a “grand bargain” with Iran, in reference to wider political and security cooperation, and said a nuclear deal with Tehran would be in Gulf interests.
The United State’s Gulf allies, particularly the Sunni Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are concerned that Shi’ite Muslim Iran will be left empowered by a mooted agreement to end years of dispute over its nuclear ambitions.
RIYADH (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi Arabia’s king and Gulf Arab foreign ministers in Riyadh on Thursday to reassure them that a possible nuclear deal with old adversary Iran would not damage their interests.
Kerry arrived in Riyadh late on Wednesday from Montreux, Switzerland, where he said he had made progress in talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) – Simply demanding Iran’s capitulation is no way to get a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday as he wrapped up three days of talks with a veiled dig at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Kerry said he and Iranian counterpart Mohammad Jawad Zarif made some progress in their negotiations in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux and would resume them on March 15. Kerry aides said many obstacles remained before a late March deadline for an outline accord between Iran and six world powers.
MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) – The U.S. and Iranian foreign ministers wrapped up three days of talks over Iran’s nuclear programme on Wednesday, a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal being negotiated was a serious mistake.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif have negotiated for more than 10 hours since Monday in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux, hoping to work out a framework deal by late March.
WASHINGTON/MIAMI, March 3 (Reuters) – The White House has
proposed turning Radio Marti, a U.S. government-controlled
broadcaster created in part to undermine communist rule in Cuba,
into a separate entity as Washington seeks rapprochement with
The proposal, buried in the federal budget released last
month, was made some six weeks after the United States and Cuba
agreed on Dec. 17 to embark on an effort to restore diplomatic
ties and normalize relations after more than 50 years of enmity.
MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) – Iran on Tuesday rejected as “unacceptable” U.S. President Barack Obama’s demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years, but said it would continue talks aimed at securing a deal, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported.
“Iran will not accept excessive and illogical demands,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by Fars.
MONTREAUX, Switzerland/RIYADH (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Riyadh this week to reassure King Salman that any nuclear deal with Iran is in Saudi Arabia’s interest, despite the country’s fears it may boost its rival’s support for Shi’ite Muslim interests in the region.
Convincing Saudi Arabia to accept any agreed nuclear deal is important to President Barack Obama because he needs Riyadh to work closely with Washington on a host of regional policies and to maintain its role as a moderating influence in oil markets.
MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry quietly cautioned Israel not to undercut Iran nuclear negotiations that resume on Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared to make the case against his diplomacy before the U.S. Congress.
Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif were to meet in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux for up to three days of negotiations about restraining the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.
GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will defend Israel at a U.N. human rights body on Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to criticize nuclear negotiations with Iran that the top diplomat is leading.
Kerry landed in Geneva late on Sunday for up to three days of talks with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on a deal to restrain the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions on Tehran. The talks will be held in Montreux.
WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Talks on curbing Iran’s
nuclear program have made substantial progress, a senior U.S.
official said on Friday as the White House braced for an
onslaught of criticism next week from Israeli Prime Minister
The official told reporters many hurdles remained to
reaching an agreement to restrain the Iranian nuclear program in
exchange for easing economic sanctions and said he did not
expect one to be reached next week.