Crocker : US ready to resume three-way talks with Iran

The US is ready to resume three-way talks with Iran over Iraqi security, Washington's ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker has told state-owned al-Iraqiya television.

Crocker : US ready to resume three-way talks with Iran
The US is ready to resume three-way talks with Iran over Iraqi security, Washington's ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker has told state-owned al-Iraqiya television.

Crocker, who had earlier joined a round of talks with Iranians and Iraqis in Baghdad, told the local news source in an interview aired overnight Sunday that so far the discussions were futile. Crocker said that the American-Iranian demands were not met.

On May 28, Crocker and Iran's ambassador to Iraq, Hassan Kazemi Qumi, had met for four hours over tea at the residence of Iraqi Premier Nuri al-Maliki, who mediated at the meeting in Baghdad's heavily-fortified Green Zone.

The US, which refused to engage in bilateral talks with the Iranians, had charged that Iran was backing some of the insurgent and outside groups targeting coalition soldiers.

But despite of waning progress, the US diplomat Sunday encouraged the possibility of further talks because, he said, efforts by the Iranian government to improve security in Iraq were needed.

Crocker reiterated the US claim that Iran was responsible for egging on both sectarian-based violence and aggression directed towards multinational forces in the Iraqi territories. But he added that the support for radical militias should be curbed.

He insisted that the US administration was keen on pursuing political solutions instead of military solutions regarding the two allies, and Iraq neighbours Iran and Syria.

DPA
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