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Tehran sends positive signals for talks with U.S.

Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini, talked to reportes in Tehran on Monday, IRNA reported.

Commenting on the proposal of the US Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, to Iran for talks with Washington, Hosseini said, "If the Americans take basic steps and change their Iran policies, a new opportunity will be created to think about reconsidering Tehran-Washington relations."

Iran receives US official note to hold talks on Iraq

Iran has received an official note from the US officials to hold the fourth round of talks on Iraq, Hosseini said.

"We are studying the US officials repeated request which was sent to us as an official note to hold new round of talks on Iraq," Hosseini told reporters.

The fourth round of talks between Iranian and US officials on Iraq's security situation was expected to be held on March 6, but was cancelled at the last minute.

An Iranian delegation arrived in Baghdad on March 5 for the talks but the US side announced it was not well-prepared.

The Iraqi government is always represented in the talks.

Iran gives preference to hold talks with the US on Iraq security, because of its interest in stability of the neighboring state.

The Iranian and US officials have so far held three rounds of talks on Iraq situation on May 28, July 24 and August 6, 2007 respectively.

No request received from Solana

Hosseini also said that Tehran has not yet received any request from EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana for negotiations.

Talking to reporters during his first weekly press briefing in the new Iranian year (started March 20), he said Solana has had no telephone contact with Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili, either.

He reiterated that Iran's peaceful nuclear program is going through its regular process at the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Hosseini, however, voiced Iran's readiness for dialogue with the European side on other issues.

Hosseini affirms Iran's peace efforts in Iraq

Hosseini stated that Iraqi stability and security is Iran's first priority and Tehran plays its role in that regard.

He continued that Iran will do everything to help Iraqi peace and stability.

Referring to a recent visit to Iran of an Iraqi delegation, he said, "We urged the Iraqis to exercise self-restraint." He added that Iran has done all within its power to end conflict in Iraq.

"An Iraqi delegation travelled to Iran and talks were held. We called on all the parties involved in the conflict to exercise self-restraint," Hosseini said in reference to Iranian mediation between Iraqi government and al-Mahdi Movement, followers of Iraqi religious leader Moqtada al-Sadr.

Al-Mahdi Movement is a mainstream Iraqi political party with 30 MPs at Iraq Parliament.

The Movement had withdrawn its MPs from the parliament in protest at the government policy, but, they returned to their seats after an agreement with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

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