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2nd Round Of US-Iran Talks Begin In Baghdad

From a joyous Associated Press:

U.S.-Iran talks resume in Baghdad

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD – The U.S. and Iranian ambassadors to Iraq sat down Tuesday for a second round of groundbreaking of talks on stabilizing Iraq, a session marred by a tense exchange over American allegations that Iran is fueling the violence.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki opened the meeting with an impassioned appeal for help from the two nations to stabilize Iraq and warned that militants from al-Qaida and other terror groups in Iraq were now fleeing and finding refuge elsewhere.

We are hoping that you support stability in Iraq, an Iraq that doesn’t interfere in the affairs of others nor wants anyone to meddle in its own affairs,” he said, according to excerpts of al-Maliki’s remarks released by his office.

“The world … must stand together and face this dangerous phenomenon and its evils, which have gone beyond the borders of Iraq after terror and al-Qaida groups received strong blows and are now running away from the fight and moving to other nations,” he said.

In Iran, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said Iraqi independence and an end to the U.S. troop presence were central to ending violence in Iraq, state media reported.

American officials would rather find their own solution to a problem of their own creation than agree to Iran’s realistic approach,” Hosseini was quoted as saying by the Web site of the state broadcasting company.

Hosseini also rejected American allegations that that Iran was arming and training Iraqi militants…

Al-Maliki was joined by Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, while the U.S. delegation was headed by Ambassador Ryan Crocker and the Iranians by Ambassador Hasan Kazemi Qomi.

An Iraqi official who was present at the meeting room said Crocker and Qomi were involved in a heated exchange early in the talks.

Crocker confronted the Iranians with charges that Tehran was supporting Shiite militiamen killing U.S. troops, providing them with weapons and training, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to disclose the information.

Qomi dismissed the allegations, saying the Americans had no proof, the official said…

Yes, Iran is famous for its “realistic” approaches to problems.

Undoubtedly these talks will be as fruitful as the last American-Iranian talks.

Which is to say not at all.

Unless one counts giving Mr. Ahmadinejad greater worldwide prestige.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 24th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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