Geneva_ World powers and Iran seemed to be closing in on a deal as US Secretary of State John Kerry and other P5+1 foreign ministers said they would join talks in Geneva on Saturday.
“In light of the progress being made – and the progress that Lady Ashton and team are working very hard to achieve tonight – Secretary Kerry decided to travel to Geneva to join his ministerial colleagues tomorrow,” State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said Friday. “After talking to Lady Ashton and our negotiating team on the ground, he made the decision to travel here with the hope that an agreement will be reached.”
Kerry’s travel plans were announced after the arrival here Friday evening of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. UK, French and German foreign ministers also announced plans to come Saturday. China’s vice foreign minister has been here all week, and its foreign minister was reportedly also heading to Geneva.
Talks ran til almost 2am Saturday, on the third day of the third round of high level Iran nuclear talks here in Geneva in the past five weeks.
“So we’re close, but the end of a negotiation is always tough,” a US official told al-Monitor late Friday. “Because if it was easy, it would already be resolved.”
European Union foreign policy chief Cathy Ashton and her team have been running point between the Iranians and the P5+1 over the past couple days, to try to keep the process at this sensitive stage as coordinated as possible, with so many parties involved.
Kerry and European foreign ministers were expected to arrive here Saturday morning, when talks will resume.