Iran confirms talking with US on regional issues
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 22
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman, Marzieh Afkham confirmed that the Islamic Republic and the US have held talks over the regional issues.
She further said that from the beginning of the talks with the US Iran has repeatedly announced that the negotiations will cover only Iran's nuclear issue.
However in accordance with the developments in the region some talks also are held, which are inevitable, Afkham underlined.
She made the remarks during her weekly press conference in the foreign ministry in Tehran April 22, Iranian state IRINN TV reported live.
Afkham also confirmed a report about the phone talk of Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif with his US counterpart John Kerry.
However she didn't share more details on the issue and did not respond a question whether the Yemen issue was the talks' subject.
Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar earlier reported that Kerry and Zarif have held a phone talk on April 21 over the Yemen crisis. On the same day, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition bombing Yemen ended to a military operation that pounded the Iran-allied Houthi rebels for more than three weeks.
Hours before that Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Iran's deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs announced that the air strikes will stop in the next few hours as a result of the "made efforts".
The US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters on April 20 that "the U.S. might talk with Iran about promoting regional stability, noting it had been open to including Iran in past efforts to achieve a Syrian peace deal if Tehran had altered its policy".
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