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UK's top man in Iraq arrives in Iran for talks

United Kingdom's special representative for Iraq, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, arrived in Tehran Monday for a one-day visit to hold bilateral talks on Iraq with Iranian officials, IRNA reported.

According to a British embassy press release here, the official will "discuss a broad range of issues including the role of Iran in the reconstruction of Iraq, border issues, Iranian pilgrims crossing the border to visit Najaf and Karbala, and the political process" in the war-torn country.

"Iran has a strong interest in ensuring a peaceful and stable future for Iraq and can make significant contributions to the reconstruction effort," the embassy cited Greenstock as saying. The visit is part of ongoing dialogue about Iraq between the Islamic Republic and the United Kingdom.

"This visit presents an excellent opportunity for the UK to engage in dialogue with the Islamic Republic of Iran over a topic of mutual interest," Greenstock said.

The visit follows that by the former special envoy to Iraq, John Sawers, who travelled to Tehran in July 2003.

Jeremy Greenstock, previously UK ambassador to the United Nations, was appointed UK special representative to Iraq on September 12, 2003.

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