More talks with Iran likely, US says

The US ambassador in Baghdad, Ryan Crocker, will likely hold talks with his Iranian counterpart to discuss US accusations against Iran regarding Iraq, but no date has been set, the US State Department said.

More talks with Iran likely, US says
The US ambassador in Baghdad, Ryan Crocker, will likely hold talks with his Iranian counterpart to discuss US accusations against Iran regarding Iraq, but no date has been set, the US State Department said Wednesday.

"I would say that it is likely Ambassador Crocker will have another such meeting on similar topics," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said. "I am not, at this point, prepared to discuss a date for that."

Crocker met with the Iranian ambassador, Hassan Kazemi-Qomi, at Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's home in May in what were the first substantial talks between the two countries in 27 years.

Since those talks, Iran has not acted to halt support for militias responsible for attacks on US troops or stirring sectarian violence, McCormack claimed.

Earlier Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said there would soon be talks between the two sides but he did not provide a date.

Iran rejects US assertions that it is supporting and insists the best way to stabilize Iraq is to withdraw US forces.

DPA

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Temmuz 2007, 00:42
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