US, Iranian Representatives Met in Washington
Iran, Tehran, 19 October / Trend corr. E.Namdari/ Iranian Parliament reported that a group of country's parliamentary representatives met with US parliamentarians within the meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Iran representatives said at the meeting they agree to negotiate with any country, except Israel, said Mohammad Kazem Delkhosh, an MP of Iran's Sumee Sara Province. "We can launch negotiations with the US representatives, should favourable conditions occur and the country stop interfering with Iran's domestic affairs."
It is the first time for the recent 30 years that parliamentarians of the two countries held a meeting on this level.
Iran-US relations were cut after attack on US Embassy in Iran following the Iranian revolution of 1979.
In recent 30years, the two countries were continuously blaming each other for damaging each other's interests.
Delkhosh said the US parliamentarians wrote a letter to the former chairman of Iran's Parliament Gholam Ali Haddad requesting to meet with Iranian parliamentarians. He did not specify whether negotiations with US representatives would be continued.
Asre Iran website confirmed on 19 October that the negotiations are underway and said three representatives of the Islamic Council Assembly participated in the meeting, but did not divulge their names.
"The official request of the US representatives so that to negotiate with Iran will be submitted to Parliament's Speaker Larijani in near future," according to Asre Iran.
"US parliamentarians want to meet with MPs of the Iranian Parliament," Ali Larijani said a while ago.
While the parliaments of the two countries show interest to meet, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad many times requested to debate with US President George Bush and US presidential candidates. However, US administration rejected the calls.
Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of Iran, makes the final decision on all issues in the country, including foreign policy issues.
It is yet not known how Iran will reply to the official request of the US parliamentarians.