Under Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman Travel to Berlin and Zurich

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 21, 2015

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman will travel to Berlin, Germany January 21 to 22 for meetings with the political directors of the G-7 (Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, United States, Japan, Canada plus the European Union) to discuss Germany’s agenda for its 2015 G-7 presidency. The Political Directors will discuss a range of country specific and thematic topics as they prepare for the G-7 Foreign Ministers meeting hosted by Germany later in the year.

Under Secretary of State Sherman will then travel to Zurich, Switzerland where she will be joined by the rest of the U.S. negotiating team to meet with Iranian officials January 23 to 24.

These bilateral consultations will take place in the context of the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran, led by EU Special Advisor Cathy Ashton. Deputy Secretary General for the EU's External Action Service Helga Schmid will join the bilateral meetings.

The full delegation list for Zurich follows.

The Honorable Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State

Robert Malley, Senior Director for Iran, Iraq, and the Gulf States, National Security Council

James Timbie, Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security

Paul Irwin, Director for Nonproliferation, National Security Council

Christopher Backemeyer, Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy, Department of State

Kevin Veal, Director of the Office of International Nuclear Safeguards, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy

Felicia Swindells, Senior Sanctions Policy Advisor, Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Newell Highsmith, Deputy Legal Advisor, Department of State

Julia Jacoby, Special Assistant to Under Secretary of State Sherman