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Iran, US agree to form security committee on Iraq

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Baghdad, July 24, IRNA
The Islamic Republic of Iran and the US in the second round of direct talks on Tuesday agreed to form a security committee to help restore stability and security to Iraq.

The US Ambassador to Baghdad Ryan Crocker who represented US in this round of talks, told reporters that at the meeting two sides agreed to form a security committee to deal with al-Qaeda, control borders and launch a nationwide campaign against terrorism.

The two sides were assigned to study the details of the security committee and set a date to launch it, he said.

Members of Iraq's security committee would include experts from Iran, Iraq and the US, he pointed out.

The first round of Iran-US direct talks, which was held two months ago, did not bear encouraging results, he said, adding that the US policy is to give more chances to the other side.

"Iran has stepped up its support for paramilitary groups in Iraq," he claimed, adding, "Since the beginning of the first round of Iran-US talks and despite our assumptions, Iran's support for paramilitary groups in Iraq has been increased," he said.

He once again repeated the US anti-Iran allegations on the country's support for paramilitary groups in Iraq.

In the meantime, he underlined that Iran was the second country after Iraq to fall victim to the former Iraqi Ba'athist government.

He underlined that the US and Iran agreed to support Iraq.

The US wishes that Iran keeps its words on supporting the Iraqi nation and government in practice, he underlined.

The second round of Iran-US talks, similar to the first round, is being held upon a formal request by Washington.


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