Sunday, May 13, 2007

Iran and US to talk about Iraq

Positive development or one way ticket on the Surrender Express?

From WaPo: U.S. Ready to Discuss Iraq With Iran

The U.S. said Sunday it is willing to talk to Iran if discussions deal only with Iraq, where the Bush administration says Tehran is undermining the Baghdad government and exporting deadly roadside bombs.

"We are willing to have that conversation limited to Iraq issues at the ambassador level," Vice President Dick Cheney's spokeswoman said after he met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

From IRNA: Iran, US to hold talks on Iraq

Iran has agreed to hold talks with the US on Iraq, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said here Sunday. Hosseini was speaking to domestic and foreign reporters at his weekly press conference.

"Following consultations between Iranian and Iraqi officials, Tehran has agreed to hold negotiations with Washington to relieve pains and suffering of the Iraqi people, support and strengthen the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and stabilize security and peace in that country," he reiterated.

"Iran has formally taken the issue (negotiation) into consideration," he said adding that talks will be held in Iraq. Hosseini said, "Date of the meeting and level of the negotiating team will be determined by end of the current week."