The Cable

Where are they today?

Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Mike Hammer are still in Moscow after P5+1 talks with Iran failed to make substantive progress. The parties managed to stave off a total breakdown, but the two days of negotiations resulted only in a commitment on all sides to "continue negotiations ...

Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Mike Hammer are still in Moscow after P5+1 talks with Iran failed to make substantive progress. The parties managed to stave off a total breakdown, but the two days of negotiations resulted only in a commitment on all sides to "continue negotiations at a technical level."

Elsewhere:

  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet with Israeli deputy prime minister Shaul Mofaz and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat separately at the Department of State.
  • In Hanoi, Vietnam, Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Andrew J. Shapiro will attend the fifth meeting of the U.S.-Vietnam Political, Security, and Defense Dialogue, focusing on bilateral issues including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, human rights, nonproliferation, and peacekeeping operations.
  • In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Kerri-Ann Jones will host the launch of the U.S. Water Partnership and hold bilateral meetings at the Rio+20 summit. Special Representative for Global Partnerships Kris Balderston and Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs Reta Jo Lewis are also at Rio+20. Lewis is slated to participate in a session focusing on U.S. priorities for the sustainability conference.

 

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