US official: Kerry spoke with Iran's Zarif at least 5 times about detained sailors

January 13, 2016 20:33


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WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) - US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with his Iranian counterpart at least five times over a period of 10 hours on Tuesday as they worked to arrange the quick release of US Navy personnel from Iranian custody, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday.

Kerry told Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif it would be good for both sides if they could agree on the quick and safe release of the 10 Navy sailors and their two boats that drifted into Iranian waters, the official said on condition of anonymity.

"If we are able to do this in the right way, we can make this into what will be a good story for both of us," the official said Kerry told Zarif.

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