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4/24/06

Iran to decide on date of US-Iran talks on Iraq

Tehran, April 24, IRNA-Iran will decide the date and agenda of talks with the United States on Iraq, Iran's acting Charge d'Affaires to Iraq Hossein Zolanvar said.

Tehran agreed to hold talks with Washington on developments in Iraq upon a request of the head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) Abdul Aziz al-Hakim.

The Persian-language daily `Abrar' on Monday quoted Zolanvar as saying the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) will decide and announce the date of Iran-US talks.

Tehran and Washington were to hold the talks after establishment of the new government in Iraq, it was previously announced.

Asked about the eight Iranian nationals who were arrested in Iraq in February, he said: "We gave all information to Iranian government officials in this regard and they are currently following up the case."

He said their arrest took place simultaneously with the terrorist bombing of the shrines of Shiite Imams Ali al-Naqi (AS) and Hassan al-Askariya (AS) in Samarra, Iraq, which caused the delay in the probe into the case.

Zolanvar said Iraqi officials after the bombing had announced the eight captive Iranians were alive but refused to give more information.

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