Iran: 'U.S. requests new talks on Iraq security'

Iran said on Monday it had received a request from the United States for a new round of talks on ways to improve security in Iraq and was considering it.

Iran: 'U.S. requests new talks on Iraq security'
Easing a diplomatic freeze lasting almost three decades, Iranian and U.S. officials met three times in Baghdad last year, but a planned fourth meeting has been repeatedly postponed.

"We have received a new request by American officials in a formal note for the holding of negotiations on the Iraqi developments and we are looking into the case," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told a news conference.

He said the U.S. note had been delivered via the Swiss embassy in Tehran, which handles U.S. interests in the Islamic Republic. The United States severed ties with Iran about a year after its 1979 Islamic Revolution.

U.S. and Iraqi officials in Baghdad were not immediately available for comment.

The adviser of a leading Iraqi politician was also quoted last week as saying the United States had asked for a new meeting with Iranian and Iraqi officials.

Mohsen Hakim, whose father Abdul Aziz al-Hakim heads the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC), told Iran's Mehr News Agency in an interview published on Friday:

"In the last week, America has requested a new round of trilateral talks with Iran and Iraq and announced that the reason for the delay of the fourth round of talks had been technical issues."


Last Mod: 07 Nisan 2008, 13:22
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