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Iran to announce date of next round of talks with US later: FM

Tehran, Jan 28, IRNA - Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Monday that Iran is studying the time of holding the fourth round of talks with US on Iraq and would announce it later.

He made the remarks in a press conference after coming back from Davos, Switzerland, where he attended the annual World Economic Forum.

"US commitment to the results of Iran-US talks on Iraq as well as effectiveness of the talks are Iran's major considerations," he said.

Tehran has informed Washington through Iraqi authorities of its considerations over the next round of talks with US on Iraq, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini had said earlier this month.

Iranian officials have complained that the US made unfounded allegations over supporting Iraqi insurgents and that they got to believe that the former talks with US officials in Baghdad have been ineffective to give up their accusations.

Mottaki said that the US side has responded to Iran through Iraqi authorities.

Iran and US have so far held three rounds of talks about Iraq's security situation.

The talks were respectively held on May 28, July 24 and August 6 with the participation of Iran's Ambassador to Iraq Hassan Kazemi Qomi, his US counterpart Ryan Crocker and representatives of the Iraqi government.

US President George W. Bush offered to enhance level of negotiations to foreign minister level and said last month that he assigned Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to hold talks with Iranian counterpart.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki turned down an invitation from Rice in Davos, Switzerland, for conditioning it to halt of Iranian nuclear program.

Hakim: No reason to delay next round of Iran-US talks

Tehran, Jan 28, IRNA - Political Advisor to the Speaker of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC) Mohsen Hakim said on Monday that there is no reason to delay the next round of talks between Iran and the US on Iraq's security. Hakim made the remark in an exclusive interview with IRNA, adding that the Iraqi government insists on holding the negotiations as soon as possible.

He noted that the talks will benefit the Iraqi people and government and are in line with their national interests and security.

Pointing to the historical and constructive role of Iran in Iraq, he said that agreement between Iran and the US on Iraq's security affairs can improve its national security, and that all Iraqi parties underline the need for holding the talks as soon as possible.

He assessed the results of three rounds of discussions between Iran and the US on Iraq's security as positive, expressing hope that the fourth round of talks will give momentum to this process.

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