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Iran still undecided on Iraq conference

TEHRAN, April 25 (Mehr News Agency) - Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said on Wednesday that Iran has made no decision yet on participating in the Iraq conference. The Iraq security conference, which is to gather the country's neighbors and world powers, is scheduled to be held in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh from May 3 to 4.

Iraqi FM (left) and Iranian FM

"The participation of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Sharm el-Sheikh is still unclear," Mottaki told reporters at a joint press conference with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.

Zebari arrived in Tehran on Wednesday with the objective of convincing Iran to attend the conference.

Mottaki said the Iraq conference has created some ambiguities for Iran.

"In the meeting with Mr. Zebari, we heard his views, which we will study, and we will soon announce our position toward the Sharm el-Sheikh conference."

Zebari said he was "carrying a message from the Iraqi government to the Islamic Republic of Iran on participation in the meeting of foreign ministers in Sharm el-Sheikh."

The top Iraqi diplomat called the conference 'very important' for Iraq and said, "We understand the position of Iran, which has so far not decided on whether to participate in the conference.

"And I have come to Tehran to clear up Iran's ambiguities and state the necessity for all major regional countries, including Iran, to participate in the conference."

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