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Iran's negotiation with the U.S. depends on Iraq's invitation

Kazemi GhomiTEHRAN, Sep. 26 (ISNA)-Iran's ambassador to Iraq stated that continuing the talks with Washington over Iraq depends on Baghdad's invitation.

Kazemi Ghomi added that the Iraqi government believes the talks are influential and emphasizes on holding new round of talks.

Regarding 5 Iranian kidnapped diplomats and Farhadi, the head of Kermanshah's economic board to Iraq who was abducted in his hotel by the U.S. forces he noted that Iraq's government was making an effort to release them.

In a letter to the U.S. troops' commander and the U.S. ambassador the Iraqi government has announced that such measures by the U.S. violated Iraq's national sovereignty.

He continued that closing Iran's borders with Iraq's Kurdistan was due to the insulting behavior of the U.S. troops in abducting Farhadi and added "if he is released we will revise our decision, the winter is near and Iraqis need fuel."

Also over the promised meeting of the diplomats with their families Ghomi explained that the meeting was not cancelled and they should only set the date.

Condoleezza RiceRice sees no U.S.-Iran talks on Iraq soon

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday the United States does not plan fresh U.S.-Iranian talks on how to stabilize Iraq any time soon but will leave open the possibility for such discussions, Reuters reported.

"I am saying I think we leave that channel open but I don't see that we are going to pursue it imminently," Rice told Reuters in an interview, referring to talks between the U.S. and Iranian ambassadors to Iraq that focus on how to bring greater stability to Iraq.

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