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Iranian FM Spokesman denies Kharrazi-Powell talks

Sharm el-Sheikh, Nov 23, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi Tuesday rejected news of certain foreign media on negotiations between Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi and his US counterpart Colin Powell during a dinner banquet in this Egyptian Red Sea resort Monday.

He told IRNA the two officials held no negotiation, adding in the ceremony attended by the participating foreign ministers, the seats of Powell and Kharrazi were just close to each other.

"As it was announced before, negotiations between the two countries will bear no fruit and is not on the agenda regarding the wrong approach of the United States policy," Asefi said.

The Egyptian foreign minister arranged a dinner banquet for foreign ministers of Iraqi neighboring states and heads of participating delegations.

Kharrazi was seated at dinner near Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari. Upon his entrance, Colin Powell shook hands with Kharrazi and took seat between the Iranian and Iraqi foreign ministers.

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