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Tue 12 Feb 2008 01:24 PM

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US, Iran officials to meet on Iraqi security

Latest round of talks to get underway in 'next few days', Iraqi Foreign Minister Zebari says.

The latest round of talks between US and Iranian officials on Iraqi security will get underway in the next few days, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said on Tuesday.

"We're putting all our efforts into organising the next round of Iranian-American talks in Baghdad. We expect the next round of these talks will start literally in the next few days," Zebari told a news conference during a visit to Moscow.

He said a date had been set for the talks but did not disclose what it was.

US and Iranian officials met several times last year in Baghdad to discuss security in Iraq in talks arranged by the Iraqi government.

The talks eased a diplomatic freeze between Iran and the US that has lasted almost three decades, though the two countries are currently embroiled in a row over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

Washington has accused Iran of supplying weapons and training for militias in Iraq, including bombs and missiles used to kill US troops. Tehran denies the accusations. (Reuters)

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