Iran to resume talks with US before Friday, report says

Other News Materials 9 February 2008 19:11 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa )- Iran is to resume talks with the United States on Iraq's security before February 15, ISNA news agency reported Saturday.

ISNA quoted an unnamed official as saying that the talks would "definitely" be resumed before the end of the Persian week, which is on Friday in Baghdad, but the level of the participants has not yet been finalized.

The Iranian foreign ministry has not confirmed the ISNA report, but Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki had said on Friday that the talks would be resumed after the ceremony marking the 29th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution on Monday.

Iran and the US have already held three rounds of talks in Baghdad, so far however without any tangible results except an as yet implemented plan to form a trilateral security committee consisting of Iran, US and Iraq to help bring stability to Iraq.

The US and Iran severed diplomatic ties after US embassy staff in Tehran were taken hostage for 444 days in 1979-81 and have followed hostile polices towards each other since then.

The US accuses Iran of aiding insurgents in Iraq and while denying the US charges, Tehran says that the only way to return peace and stability to Iraq is for the US to withdraw its forces immediately.