Switzerland: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry went for a bicycle ride round the Swiss lakeside city of Lausanne on Monday (March 16) after holding talks with his Iranian counterpart about the country’s disputed nuclear program.
Negotiations with Mohammad Javad Zarif were put on hold when he left Switzerland for Brussels to attend a meeting with EU ministers to discuss the program and Kerry took advantage of the pause to take in the sights of the city.
Earlier in the day, U.S. and Iranian delegations, including U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi, held talks in Lausanne.
Six world powers have given themselves an end-June deadline to reach an agreement that curbs sensitive Iranian nuclear work in exchange for sanctions relief. The Western powers hope to have a political framework agreement by the end of March.
Zarif was expected back in Lausanne later on Monday or Tuesday (March 17) to resume bilateral talks with Kerry before Iran and major powers join them later in the week, but no date has not been announced yet.