'Iran, US may meet on Iraq security in few days'

The fourth round of US-Iranian talks on Iraq may take place in the next few days, powerful Iraqi Shiite leader Abdel Aziz Al Hakim said Tuesday at the end of a US visit.

'Iran, US may meet on Iraq security in few days'
"I suppose that Iraq should host in the coming few days this fourth round of the dialogue. We are seeking to see a constructive dialogue," Hakim said at a news conference.

The US ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, are likely to represent their respective governments at the coming talks, Haitham Al Husseini, a member of Hakim's delegation said.

"I think the ambassadors, of course, are going to participate," he said.

A US State Department spokesman contacted late Friday could not immediately confirm whether the meeting would take place.

The Iraqi ambassador to the United States, Samir Sumaidaie, said he could not confirm whether the talks would take place soon but that Baghdad was working to make the meeting happen.

"We are trying to set that up," said Sumaidaie, who attended Hakim's press conference.

Hakim, who met with US President George W. Bush last week, said the newly released US intelligence report saying Iran halted its nuclear bomb program in 2003 would help the dialogue between the two foes.

"We welcome this (US intelligence) report and we think that it is going to contribute in preparing a more positive and proper environment to advance forward in the dialogue between the two countries," he said through an interpreter.

"And absolutely it is going to have positive reflections on the situation in Iraq," said Hakim, who heads the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC), the party leading the Shiite alliance ruling Baghdad.

Iran agreed last month to the fourth round of talks with the United States in Iraq.


Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Aralık 2007, 15:03
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