Tehran, July 22, IRNA - Iran and the US have agreed to hold the second round of bilateral talks on Iraq in Baghdad but no exact date has been set yet, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said in Tehran Sunday.
Speaking to reporters at his weekly press conference, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini stressed that talks are expected to be held in the near future.
He added that talks between the two sides would be held at ambassadorial level.
Hosseini said Tehran and Washington would hold their second round of talks within the same frameworks as the first one.
The first round of Iran-US talks on Iraq was held on May 28 in Baghdad at ambassadorial level. Iran's Ambassador to Iraq Hassan Kazemi-Qomi represented Iran and Ryan Crocker, the US envoy to Baghdad represented the United States
Commenting on the second round of Iran-US talks over Iraq due to be held in Baghdad in "near future", the spokesman said that the talks would be held "within the framework set up by Iran's senior authorities."
Addressing domestic and foreign reporters at his weekly press briefing, he said, "Talks with the US will be held to help Iraq and thwart threats posed to the region as a result of foreign troops presence," Elham said.
He stressed that Iran-US talks on Iraq were held "based on the policy made by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Stressing that US hostility to Iran was still continuing, Elham said, "As long as Washington pursues its arrogant policy, problems will remain unsolved and Iran will strongly follow its own policies."
Commenting on the US President George Bush's peace plan for the Middle East, the spokesman said "The US plans for the region are not applicable as they are made with no respect to the rights of regional nations and equal rights of governments" including those of the people in Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan.
"Any peace plan which does not respect these rights will be ineffective," Elham said.
Noting that the war-mongering policy of Bush has failed in the region, the spokesman said Lebanon was a clear example of futility of such policy.
The only way to a lasting peace in the region is based on mutual respect and justice, Elham stressed.
"We have always stressed continuation of a logical approach and negotiations. We feel and evidence shows this approach has been also developed among members of Group 5+1 (Russia, China, France, Britain and the US plus Germany)," Hosseini said in response to a question on a delay by the UN Security Council to examine sanctions against Iran.
He added, "Our talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are currently underway.
"Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani and the EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana are also holding talks and will continue their talks in the future." He described as "constructive and upward" the trend of Iran-IAEA and Larijani-Solana talks.
Asked about the date IAEA inspectors would inspect Arak heavy water research reactor, he added, "Based on agreements reached at the first round of talks between Iran and the agency, the sides are currently studying the issue.
"The IAEA inspectors will visit Arak reactor on due time." In response to a question whether expulsion of the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization from Iraq had been discussed by Iran and the US at the their first round of talks on Iraq, the spokesman stated, "No talks were held regarding this case."
Hosseini also rejected news report that Iran had supplied Iraq with airplane, saying, "The news is not reliable."
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