Kerry committed to help narrow differences with Iran: U.S.official

TEL AVIV Fri Nov 8, 2013 3:20am EST

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro (L) as he arrives in Tel Aviv November 8, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro (L) as he arrives in Tel Aviv November 8, 2013.

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TEL AVIV (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is committed to doing "anything he can" to narrow differences with Iran over its nuclear program, a senior State Department official said on Friday shortly before Kerry headed to Geneva for talks.

"This is a complex process," the official said in Tel Aviv where Kerry was meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who has concerns about any deal with Iran. "As a member of the P5+1, he is committed to doing anything he can (to) help narrow these differences," the official added.

The official said Kerry had decided to break from a Middle East visit to go to Geneva at the invitation of Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief.

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton)

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