Kerry meets with Iranian FM Zarif in New York

Secretary of State holds unscheduled meeting with Iranian counterpart in United Nations building

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Updated Oct 5, 2015

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday held a last-minute-meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in New York at the United Nations to discuss how to implement the Iranian nuclear deal.

The meeting was announced late on Friday, just ahead of the departure of Kerry for Washington on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting, the State Department said in a statement.

No information was provided about the meeting by American officials except that the talks concerned the nuclear deal signed between the United States and Iran placing restrictions on the Iranian nuclear programme in July after lengthy negotiations.

The resolution includes the removal of all economic and financial sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran, but will limit the country's nuclear activities.

The implementation of the accord is supposed to begin after the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) finishes reviewing it in September.

Kerry’s meeting on Friday was preceded by a week of intensive diplomacy concerning the Syrian four-year war.

Earlier in July US President Barack Obama said that the problems in Syria cannot be resolved without the support and participation of Russia, Turkey and Iran.

He added that other partners should also contribute to the discussions.

"In order for us to resolve it, there is going to have to be agreement among the major powers that are interested in Syria that this is not going to be won on the battlefield," Obama said.

Iran has been backing the Syrian regime led by Bashar al Assad since the early beginning of the conflict in Syria. Hezbollah militias as well as reportedly Iranian soldiers and commanders are fighting with Assad forces in the south of the country, in particular around the Lebanese-Syrian border. 

TRTWorld and agencies