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Proficient diplomat to be named for Iran-U.S. talks: FM

TEHRAN, May 18 (Mehr News Agency) -- Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said on Friday that Iran will soon name a proficient diplomat for the planned Iran-U.S. talks on Iraq.

"The U.S. has appointed Ryan Crocker as its envoy and within the coming two days Iran will also name one of its proficient diplomats who had formerly served as ambassador," Mottaki said on the sidelines of a meeting with the families of Iranian diplomats held in Iraq by the U.S. forces.

Ryan Crocker is the U.S. ambassador to Iraq.

On the sidelines of the Islamic conference in Islamabad on Friday, Mottaki announced that Iran-U.S. talks will be held on May 28 in Baghdad.

"The May 28 negotiation in Iraq will have its focus on the country's issues and would be a step towards helping Iraqi security," the foreign minister noted.

"If the U.S. officials acknowledge the failure of their policies in Iraq and have a serious will to remedy the situation, and help the Iraqi people and government to establish security in Iraq, then these negotiations could be fruitful," Mottaki stated.

Iraqi officials will be present during the upcoming talks, he observed.

Iran says no meeting with U.S. yet

TEHRAN, May 19 (Mehr News Agency) - On Saturday, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman dismissed as a "lie" media reports that the ambassadors of Iran and the U.S. met on Friday night in Iraq's presidential office in Baghdad.

"This report is a lie," Mohammad Ali Hosseini told the Mehr News Agency.

He said as Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki has announced the Iranian and U.S. diplomats will meet on May 28.

Hosseini announced on May 13 that Iran had responded to a formal request by the U.S. to hold dialogue on Iraq's security.

Mottaki said on Friday that Iran will soon name a proficient diplomat for the talks.

Washington has announced that its ambassador to Baghdad, Ryan Crocker, will be negotiating partner with Iran.

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