Kerry: U.S. not in race to complete Iran talks; will defend allies

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Posted: Nov 11, 2013 4:07 AM
Kerry: U.S. not in race to complete Iran talks; will defend allies

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday Washington was "not (in) a race" to complete talks with Iran on its nuclear program.

Speaking at a news conference with United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan in Abu Dhabi, Kerry said Washington would defend its allies and would not undermine ties with Arab allies.

He also praised the Syrian opposition's decision to participate in a proposed peace conference as a "big step forward".

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton, writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by John Stonestreet)