Iran has confirmed it will attend a major international conference on Iraq set for this week in Egypt.
An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman says Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki will participate in the two-day conference, which starts on Thursday in Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort.
Earlier Sunday, Iraqi officials said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had confirmed his government will attend.
News of Iran's participation came as Tehran's top national security official, Ali Larijani, arrived in Baghdad for talks on the conference.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will attend the conference along with delegates from Iraq's neighbors and representatives from the United Nations.
The State Department has said Rice could have bilateral meetings during her trip, including one with Iran's foreign minister.
The United States has accused Iran of aiding and training extremist groups in Iraq, a charge Tehran denies.
Last week, the top U.S. commander in Iraq accused Iran's elite Quds force of aiding a secret extremist network in Iraq. Army General David Petraeus said the Khazali network received funding, training on Iranian soil, and advanced munitions and technology from Quds, as well as advice and direction.
He said the United States does not have evidence of higher-level Iranian involvement.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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