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U.S. responds to Iran's conditions for Iraq talks

TEHRAN, Jan. 19 (Mehr News Agency) -- Mohsen Hakim of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC) said on Saturday that the United States has responded to Tehran's preconditions for holding new talks over security situation in Iraq.

"The U.S. has responded to Iran's concerns about the next round of talks in Baghdad and the Iraqi officials have conveyed them to the Iranians."

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini had earlier said that Iran has agreed in principle to hold the fourth round of negotiations with the United States, but there were some concerns about which Iran had informed the Iraqi officials so that they would express them to the U.S.

Among these conditions is that Tehran wants assurances that the United States will abide by the results of the talks before holding a new meeting, added the spokesman.

Hakim said the two sides have yet to specify a date for the meeting, expressing hope that the talks will be held in coming days.

The Iranian and U.S. ambassadors to Iraq, Hassan Kazemi-Qomi and Ryan Crocker, met on August 6 in Baghdad for their third round of security talks. The first and second rounds of negotiations were held in Baghdad on May 28 and July 24.

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