24 July 2007
Iran Should Reconcile Actions with Talk, U.S. Iraq Envoy Says
U.S., Iran, Iraq to establish subcommittee on security issues
Washington -– The United States would welcome Iran’s bringing its practices in line with its stated policy of supporting a stable and democratic Iraq, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker said July 24.
The ambassador spoke to journalists in Baghdad, Iraq, shortly after a trilateral meeting to discuss Iraq’s security with the Iranian envoy to Iraq and senior Iraqi officials.
Crocker said that Iran’s stated policy on Iraq is in line with the United States’ policy and in keeping with Iran’s national interests. Nevertheless, he said, the United States and multinational forces have ample evidence from people in custody and from seized weapons shipments to indicate that Iranian support for illegal militia activity has increased over the two months since Crocker's previous meeting with the Iranian ambassador in May.
Crocker said the measure of success for the trilateral talks should be results on the ground, not promises or statements of principle, and he said the results to date have been disappointing. (See related article.)
Nevertheless, he said, the United States is not prepared to abandon the dialogue. He said he and the Iranian ambassador discussed the possibility of establishing a security subcommittee at the expert level to address the problem of violent militias, the threat from al-Qaida and issues of border security. If Iran is serious about supporting Iraqi security, he said, the subcommittee would be a mechanism to demonstrate that.
Crocker’s May 28 meeting with the Iranian ambassador was the first official high-level meeting between Iranian and U.S. officials since the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran during Iran’s 1979 revolution.
For more information on U.S. policies, see Iraq Update.
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