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Mottaki sets conditions for following up Iran-US talks on Iraq

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 26, IRNA
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki Saturday announced conditions for following up Iran-US talks on Iraq security.

The first round of talks at ambassadorial level will be held in Baghdad on May 28.

Mottaki was responding to a question in a joint press conference with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama about following up of Iran-US talks after May 28 when Iranian ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Kazemi Qomi will meet his American counterpart Ryan Crocker.

"The sides can be hopeful about following up negotiations if the US has a realistic view to Monday talks, admits its wrong policies in Iraq, decides to change them and respects its responsibilities." Mottaki reaffirmed Iranian commitment to have successful talks with US to help the Iraqi government and nation.

Asked about the next round of talks between Iran's Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani and the EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, Mottaki said, "We received messages from certain members of the Group 5+1 members (the five permanent states of the UN Security Council -- China, Russia, France, Britain and the US -- plus Germany) calling for Iran-EU negotiations.

"The messages encourage Solana to hold talks with Iran with a constructive view. We hope new round of talks on the topic which have been previously discussed will result in resolution of the dispute over Iran's nuclear program."
In response to a question on the US maneuver in waters of the Persian Gulf, the Iranian minister added, "The Persian Gulf witnessed various military maneuvers during the past several years.

"Sometimes, certain military maneuvers can go in parallel with political goals and messages."

He said, "To us, the US maneuver is like other maneuvers carried out in the region so far.

"But the important point is that approach of regional states should focus on stability, tranquility and security of the region.

"Countries in the region should make decision about security of the important region of the Persian Gulf through collective regional cooperation without orders of big powers."

Mottaki said Iran has started a good approach on cooperation with regional states and has laid emphasis on collective economic cooperation with the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC).

He added that economic cooperation would be a prelude for security cooperation in the region.


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