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Iran-U.S. talks on Iraq at ambassador level: FM

TEHRAN, Dec. 17 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said here on Sunday that the talks between Iranian and U.S. officials over security situation in Iraq would be held at the ambassadorial level at the highest. "There is no need to raise the level of talks," Mottaki told Al-Alam News Network.

Iran has agreed with a fourth round of talks with the United States on Iraq security condition.

The Iranian and U.S. ambassadors to Iraq, Hassan Kazemi-Qomi and Ryan Crocker, met on August 6 in Baghdad for their third round of security talks. The first and second rounds of negotiations were held in Baghdad on May 28 and July 24.

The negotiations have so far led to the establishment of a trilateral security committee between Iran, U.S., and Iraq to investigate issues such as support for militias and al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Iran, Egypt to restore political relations

Mottaki said Iran is "close to the border of" restoring official ties with Egypt.

In his recent trip to The United Arab Emirates, President Mahmud Ahmadinejad had also said that if Egypt decides to restore official political relations with Iran, the Islamic Republic is prepared to open its embassy in the northern African country in the shortest time, the foreign minister noted.

Mottaki added, "In our talks with Egyptian friends, we will discuss what had happened previously and the current condition in a friendly climate."

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