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Kerry plans to meet U.N. Syria envoy Brahimi in Geneva: State Dept
September 11, 2013 / 6:07 PM / 4 years ago

Kerry plans to meet U.N. Syria envoy Brahimi in Geneva: State Dept

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry, who is scheduled to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva for talks on Syria, also intends to meet U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi while there, a State Department spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L-R), Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey testify at the House Armed Services Committee in Washington September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

At least two days of U.S.-Russian talks are expected in Geneva, starting on Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at a media briefing.

“He does,” Psaki said when asked whether Kerry intended to see Brahimi while in Geneva. But she said she was not aware of plans for a three-way meeting with Kerry, Lavrov and Brahimi.

Kerry leaves Washington on Wednesday evening for the talks, she said. “We do anticipate that they will last two days. They could be shorter or longer, we are certainly flexible. Thursday and Friday,” she said, adding that Saturday was also possible.

Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria and Paul Eckert; editing by Doina Chiacu

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