Diplomats from P5+1 meet in Geneva, Kerry flies home

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Geneva__ Diplomats from six world powers met here in Geneva Monday ahead of two days nuclear talks with Iran.

Political directors from the P5+1–the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany– “met for over an hour this afternoon,” an official familiar with the talks said.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived here late Monday afternoon accompanied by members of his negotiating team as well as some 40 Iranian journalists. He is due to have dinner with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton at 7:30pm local time at the residence of Iran’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva.

Meantime, US Secretary of State John Kerry was flying back to Washington from London Monday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Iranian media reported disappointment on the Iranian side that Kerry and other foreign ministers were not attending the talks.