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Iran: No official request for talks with U.S. received

TEHRAN, May. 02 (ISNA)-Iran's foreign ministry spokesman stated that no official request for negotiations had been made by the U.S. up to this point.

Mohammad Ali Husseini regarding the recent statements made by U.S. officials regarding their interest to negotiate with Iran at the Sharm al-Sheikh conference and the news coverage of this issue stated "Maybe the U.S. want to tell us something, but they don't know how. We haven't received any official request for this issue."

"The U.S. constantly states matters as accusations. What the U.S. should bear in mind is that for holding negotiations a certain level of directed preparation, opportunity and planning is required," this official noted.

SNSC member: Iran not to hold talks with US in Sharm el-Sheikh

Orumiyeh, West Azarbaijan prov, May 2, IRNA - Member of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Aqa-Mohammadi said on Wednesday that Iran will not hold talks with the US on the sidelines of Sharm el-Sheikh conference in Egypt.

The SNSC member made the remark at an exclusive interview with IRNA.

Underlining that the ground should first be prepared for holding talks, he said that however, the US does not have the preliminary conditions for it.

"Any party willing to hold talks should stop its hostile approach.

But at present, the US opposition to Iran still continues both in practice and words," he added.

He noted that Iraq's security will promote security in Iran, adding that genocide of Muslims in Iraq is the most perilous event taking place.

Aqa-Mohammadi said that the severely dangerous impact of the atrocity taking shape in the Middle East will be observed in the future.

"Iran attempts to promote security in Iraq. What will be brought up by Iran at the international Sharm el-Sheikh conference is the request of the Iraqi people.

"Iran does not intend to bring up any request at the upcoming two-day meeting in Egypt. However, if others interfere in Iraq's internal affairs, we will show our opposition.

"The US should not use the opportunity to turn Iraq's domestic problem into an international issue," he added.

The SNSC member said that if the foreign forces lets the Iraqis take charge of their internal affairs, they will easily manage to administer all the relevant affairs.

"Iran's initial approach to participation in Sharm el-Sheikh conference was not negative. However, it was necessary to assess the issue, for which the ground was prepared through further contacts.

"Then we realized that similar to our view, the conference aims to materialize the requests of the Iraqi nation," he concluded.

Larijani: US engaged in secret talks with terrorists

Najaf, May 1, IRNA - Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said on Tuesday that based on information obtained the Americans are engaged in secret talks with terrorists in Iraq and the US ambassador to the country held negotiations with terrorist groups a couple of months ago.

Larijani made the remarks at a press conference after his meeting with Ayatollah Sistani, the spiritual leader of Shiite Muslims in Iraq.

The Americans have been trapped in Iraq's quagmire and seek to find new opportunities to get rid of existing situation, he said.

Refuting to baseless allegations raised on Iran's cooperation with terrorists in Iraq, he said Iran have always condemned terrorist moves all over in the world and have always supported the legitimate Iraqi government.

On implementation of economic projects in Iraq, he said "We have allocated dlrs one billion to implement development projects in Iraq." A joint committee is now exploring grounds for implementation of projects and Iran has declared that it spares no efforts to accomplish such a grave task, he said.

The Iraqi people along with the country's officials and political figures should not let the upcoming Sharm el-Sheikh conference in Egypt turn into an excuse for others to interfere in the country's internal affairs, Larijani said.

Larijani heading a delegation arrived in Iraq on Sunday to confer with the country's officials on expansion of mutual cooperation and review regional developments.

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