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4/13/06

Rafsanjani: Successful Iran talks with US could pave way for talks on other issues

Tehran, April 13, IRNA-Upcoming talks between Tehran and Washington on Iraq could, if they turn out to be successful, pave the way for talks on other issues, Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was quoted by Al-Hayat daily on Thursday.

Speaking exclusively with the London-based daily, Rafsanjani said that the Iran-US talks would only focus on developments in Iraq.

Al Hayat, on its website Thursday, further quoted Rafsanjani as speculating that "if Iran and US are satisfied with the outcome of their talks this would encourage them to discuss other issues." "New ways will be created to encourage further talks if the two sides reach a successful outcome in their upcoming dialogue," Rafsanjani was quoted in the website as saying.

But he made it clear that Iran's nuclear case would not be in the agenda of the talks.

As for Tehran-Damascus relations, the cleric informed that the "two sides would continue their cooperation on issues related to Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq."

He said that further US pressures on Iran and Syria would only draw them closer than ever.

According to Al Hayat, Rafsanjani was of the view that Saudi Arabia could play an "effective role in lessening tensions between Iran and the US."

"Given the wisdom of the Saudi king, we are sure that he can help settle issues in the entire region," Rafsanjani was further quoted by the daily.

Rafsanjani is currently in Syria at the invitation of President Bashar al-Assad. He arrived in Damascus on Wednesday.

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