Friday, February 09, 2007

Top Iraqi Shiite Urges Iran to Talk to US

Gulf in the Media
Agence France-Presse

An Iraqi Shiite leader has called on Iran to open talks with its arch-enemy the United States, saying such a move was crucial to Iraq."Given the special conditions in the region, talks between the United States and Iran are of the utmost importance," the powerful politician Abdel Aziz al-Hakim told Iran's top security official Ali Larijani.

"All the Iraqi statesmen want this to happen," added Hakim, the leader of the Supreme Council of Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) who was on a visit to Iran.Hakim told Larijani, who is secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, that he had not brought any specific proposals on opening talks with the United States.

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