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US request for debate on Iraq would be studied: Iranian official

Tehran, Nov 15, IRNA - Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili said on Thursday that Iran will study any US request to discuss Iraq security.

He told reporters in a press conference that all previous meetings with US have been solely about the security of Iraq and in response to Iraqi requests, adding that the Iraqi authorities have termed these talks as positive for establishment of security in their country.

Iran has said that US must directly request for the talks.

On a question about the possibility of talks with the US on subjects beside the Iraq-related issues, he added that the EU foreign diplomacy chief Javier Solana, who negotiates with Iran on the nuclear issue, maintains that he is speaking on behalf of the US and 5+1 group.

Jalili said there should be an agreement on the venue of the next meeting with Solana and he has been invited to Tehran as the meeting place if the talks are to be held soon.

Jalili also said that certain countries have conveyed some messages to Iran in this regard, stressing that for Iran two principles are essential, namely protecting Iran's rights based on NPT and Iranian Safeguards obligations.

FM: Iran has always backed talks with West

Tehran, Nov 15, IRNA - Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here Thursday that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported negotiations with the West.

According to the Press and Information Department of the Foreign Ministry, Mottaki made the remark in a meeting with Former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik.

The Iranian minister described the nature of dialogue as good, however, he added, talks should be firm and on principles.

"Given some cultural differences, we should respect the opinions of other parties, but there are plenty of commonalties, which can pave the way for constructive negotiations," he added.

Mottaki welcomed the former Norwegian premier's visit to Iran, hich is occurring in line with dialogue among religions, noting that the history of the great Iranian nation has been always based on mutual understanding, dialogue, justice-seeking and defense of its identity.

The former Norwegian prime minister, for his part, said he had satisfactory negotiations in Iran, and that his visit aimed to discuss dialogue among cultures and religions.

There are, unfortunately, incorrect views on Islam in the West, which can be revised through dialogue and interaction, he added.

Outlining the role of women in different areas of social activities as satisfactory, he said in his meetings with heads of religious minorities in Iran, they expressed satisfaction with their current situation in the country.

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