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Iran expects US to come up with policy shift toward Iran

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, July 30, IRNA
Iran expects the US to change behavior toward Iran as a result of Iran-US talks on Iraq security, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said on Monday.

He told reporters that if the two sides abide by the outcome of direct talks on Iraq and fulfill their commitments, it would help bolster the current Iraqi government.

"What we are now witnessing in Iraq is the result of US wrong policy," he said.

During direct talks with the US, Iran explicitly defined its stand on Iraqi situation, he said.

"We highlighted the root cause of these problems and gave our views how to resolve them," he said.

"We cannot expect a major breakthrough in Iraq security immediately after the talks," he said.

On Iran's criteria for change of the US behavior, he said the US should adopt an unbiased policy in dealing with terrorist groups, render full support for political process in Iraq and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maleki government, and give full authority and required apparatus to Maliki's government to restore security.

Responding to a question on what elements have brought Iran and the US to form such a security committee, he said that Iran regards Iraqi security as its own.

Suitable mechanism for the committee should be studied, he said.

During direct talks, Iran has underlined the need for preserving the Iraqi national sovereignty and territorial integrity along with full support for the Iraqi incumbent government.

"The US should help the Iraqi government to administer its own affairs."

Iraq has called for all its neighbors to play constructive and positive role in Iraq's developments, Hosseini said.


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