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Iran-US talks on Iraq to be held in Baghdad

Tehran, Feb 12, IRNA - Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said on Tuesday that the next round of Iran-US talks on Iraq is scheduled to be held in Baghdad.

Talking to reporters, he said, "The exact date of the meeting will be announced later on."

Responding to a question about absence of Iran in the annual Munich Security Conference, Hosseini said, the Islamic Republic of Iran had active participation in the confab in the past few years.

He said that the US pressure on the executive officials of the Munich conference made them not to invite Iran and ignore Iran's key and effective role in establishment of regional and international security, adding that therefore, they adopted illogical approach towards Iran.

Rejecting the US claims that parts of the January attacks on Baghdad were made by Iran's made weapons as 'unfounded', Hosseini said the Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported the Iraqi security and stability.

Tehran-Baghdad cooperation so far has been approved by the Iraqi government, he emphasized.

US asks for help from Iran to exit Iraq: Envoy

Baghdad, Feb 11, IRNA - Iran's ambassador to Iraq, who attended two rounds of trilateral talks between Washington, Tehran and Baghdad about security in Iraq, said the US has asked for Iran's help to exit Iraq.

Hassan Kazemi Qomi, who was speaking to the Iranian diplomats and employees in Iraq on the occasion of 29th anniversary of triumph of Islamic revolution, said, "Iran entered the negotiations only with the aim of defending and supporting oppressed people of Iraq, but US view of the situation in Iraq is something else."

On the eve of holding the fourth round of trilateral talks, Qomi said, "USA, by any plan and view about Iraq, now has confessed to Iran's strong presence in the region and especially in Iraq." Referring to the Islamic revolution ideals in defending oppressed nations of the world, Qomi said Iran has strong support among the oppressed nations of the world.

He said the most important achievement of the Islamic revolution in foreign affairs has been stabilization of the Islamic government's position in the international community.

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