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Iran sent message to US on Iraq talks: FM Spokesman

Tehran, Jan 13, IRNA - Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said on Sunday that Iran's messages and considerations on Iran-US talks on Iraq have been sent to Washington through Iraqi authorities.

Talking to reporters at his weekly press briefing he added, "As soon as the Americans respond to these messages and considerations, decisions will be made on date and level of future talks on Iraq." "Serious confrontation with terrorist groups in Iraq and handing over the security affairs to Iraqi officials are among Iran's considerations regarding the issue," Hosseini said.

He urged Washington "not to adopt policies which would lead to instability in Iraq in the future".

US president should reconsider wrong policies

Hosseini advised US President George Bush on Sunday to reconsider his previous wrong policies regarding Iran before the end of his tenure.

"During the past seven years, the Bush administration has followed a policy to isolate Iran and promote Iranophobia in the region," Hosseini said.

However, he stressed, "All regional states adopted a vigilant approach regarding that policy and opposed it," stressed the spokesman.

Despite all US anti-Iran policies in the Persian Gulf region, "We are now witnessing progress in cooperation between Iran and regional countries," Hosseini said noting that the regional states "attach no importance to US policies vis-a-vis Iran."

He made the remarks commenting on President Bush's visit to the region which according to Hosseini aimed at "fanning the fuel of Iranophobia among regional states and winning more support for the Zionist regime."

He stressed that recent comments made by the US president in the Occupied Territories indicated that Washington was trying to intensify disputes among various Palestinian groups and promote disrespect for the votes of Palestinians and their elected government.

The US president is currently in the United Arab Emirates on the third leg of his tour to the Middle East region.

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