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US calls for restoration of talks on Iraq: Hosseini

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Kuwait City, April 24, IRNA
Kuwait-Hosseini-Press Confab
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad- Ali Hosseini said here Wednesday that Iran has received the US official request to resume talks on Iraqi security.

"Occupation and terrorism are two main problems in Iraq. Iran has announced that the occupying forces should present a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq," he told reporters during a press conference held at Iran's embassy in the Kuwaiti capital city.

The US tries to put the blame of its wrong policies and failures in Iraq on others, particularly on Iran, he reiterated.

Spokesman of Iran's diplomacy stressed that despite the US efforts, Tehran enjoys a growing trend of ties with regional countries.

Dismissing claims on presence of al-Qaeda members in Iran, he said, "Certain members of the terrorist group were in Iran in the past but they were extradited to their own countries."

On Tehran-Egypt ties, Hosseini said expansion of bilateral relations between the two countries would benefit both nations, regional states and the entire Islamic world.

As to the current situation in Lebanon, he voiced Tehran's support for efforts aimed at bringing stands of different Lebanese groups closer to each other.

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