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Iran-US talks on Iraq only focus on Iraqi issues: FM

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 28, IRNA
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here Monday nothing other than Iraqi issues will be on the agenda of talks being held between Iran and the US in Baghdad.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the 17th International Persian Gulf Conference, he said talks such as those of Iran-US on Iraq are held within a special framework. The Iranian delegation moves within that framework, he added.

Iraqi issues and problems as well as rectification of US policies in Iraq are the topics of Iran-US talks, Mottaki said.

The meeting is also attended by representatives of the Iraqi government, he said adding the outcome of talks will be announced later on.

He expressed hope this stage of talks, aimed at settlement of Iraqi problems, would be successful.

The talks are being held following repeated demands by Iraqi officials and the official request of the US administration with the aim of assisting the Iraqi nation and government and reducing their problems, he said.

Restoration of stability and tranquility to Iraq in fact helps promote national security of the regional states including Iran, he emphasized.

By participating in the talks, he said, Tehran intends to help restore tranquility to Iraq and put an end to occupation of the war-torn country.

If the US has serious political will, accepts the "realities of the scene" and reviews its past policies in Iraq, the talks will bear fruit, he said.

Asked if the case of five Iranian diplomats detained by the US in Iraq would be discussed in the meeting, Mottaki reiterated only issues related to Iraq and rectification of the US policies in that country are to be discussed in the meeting.

Denouncing US attack on Iran's consul general office in Iraq's Arbil and detention of Iranian diplomats, he said the Islamic Republic of Iran is pursuing the case through various channels.

He further repeated his call for urgent release of the Iranian diplomats by US forces.


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