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Iran's envoy: Iran-US talks aim to resolve Iraq's security problems

Baghdad, July 24, IRNA - Iran's Ambassador to Baghdad and Head of Iranian negotiating team with the US delegation Hassan Kazemi Qomi said on Tuesday that the theme of the second round of Tehran-Washington talks is 'restoration of security to Iraq'.

Hassan Kazemi Qomi (file photo)

In an exclusive interview with IRNA, he said the first round of talks focused on how to fully support Iraq's democratic government, reconstruction of Iraq with collaboration of Iraqi officials as well as restoring stability and security to the war-shattered country.

It is predicted that in the second round of Iran-US talks the issues remaining from the first round would be dealt with and the two sides would exchange views on latest developments in the country, he said.

Referring to his talks with Iraqi officials prior to the second round of Iran-US talks, he said the Iraqi officials were quite optimistic about the trend of direct talks and wished the negotiations would help alleviate the sufferings of the Iraqi people and help restore stability to the country.

"Given the complexity of security affairs in Iraq, he said in case such security problems are resolved it would be quite useful for the US," he said.

Iran's invaluable experiences in security affairs would be very crucial and Iraqi officials expressed optimism about the results of Iran-US direct talks, he said.

The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that restoration of security to Iraq would only be materialized by a powerful and democratic government, he said.

"Given that Iraq's security is among responsibilities of the Iraqi government, then interference of aliens forces is regarded as illegal," he said.

Iran has always strongly supported Iraqi officials and is to spare no efforts to render all-out support and help restore the country's security, he underlined.

Iran's stance on the second round of talks is decisive and frank, he said, adding that "We are to voice our views and our performance in helping restore security to Iraq."

The second round of talks between Iran-US is now underway in Baghdad.

He further said that head of Iran's Foreign Ministry special headquarters in charge of Iraq, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and Reza Amiri, a Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) official, are also attending the meeting focusing on Iraq's security issues.

The first round of Iran-US talks on Iraq was held on May 28 in Baghdad at ambassadorial level with Qomi and Crocker as the main negotiators.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and a number of other senior Iraqi officials were also present.

The second round of Iran-US talks, similar to the first round, is being held upon Washington's formal request.

Foreign Ministry spokesman criticizes US blame game

Tehran, July 24, IRNA - False accusations and blame game of the US officials would not help the ongoing Iran-US talks on Iraq, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said Tuesday.

Commenting on the latest accusations made by the US officials over Iran's alleged aid to Iraqi militants, Hosseini advised the US side to stop using "instrumental approaches."

"It is crystal clear that the main objective behind repetition of such baseless accusations against Iran is to pursue US propaganda fuss and psychological warfare against the country," Hosseini argued.

He added that US officials were seeking "to deceive world public opinion that is tired of and concerned about war-mongering policies of the US policy-makers.

"The only way out of the current crisis in Iraq is to accept Iran's realistic views," said the spokesman.

He referred to those views as "real and practical respect for the independence of Iraq and the right of Iraqi people to make their own destiny as well as delegation of all the affairs and authority to the elected government of Iraq and ending the occupation."

The Iranian and US ambassadors to Iraq, Hassan Kazemi Qomi and Ryan Crocker, started the second round of their talks on the security of Iraq in Baghdad Tuesday morning.

The talks are being held upon the official request of the US officials.

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