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Iraqi FM urges direct nuclear talks between Iran, US

Iraq's Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein listens as he and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken face reporters as they meet at the State Department in Washington, July 23, 2021. (Elizabeth Frantz/Pool via AP)
Iraq's Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein listens as he and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken face reporters as they meet at the State Department in Washington, July 23, 2021. (Elizabeth Frantz/Pool via AP)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iraq’s foreign minister says on a visit to Tehran that the time has come for the Islamic Republic and the United States to negotiate directly on Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

“We call for, and this is no secret, direct negotiations between the two parties,” Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein tells a joint press conference.

“Iraq’s interest is in helping the two parties to sit round a table and talk,” he says.

“We have proposed this to the Americans and have made this proposal (to Iran) and even before our visit to Tehran.

“It is better that a direct meeting take place between the American party and the Iranian party,” Hussein says.

He says Iraq feels there is a “problem” with the negotiating mechanism at the Vienna talks.

“The negotiations with the American side are indirect, through the European envoy,” he says.

“We think the time has come for direct talks between Washington and Tehran to reach common understandings not just on the nuclear issue, but also on sanctions.

“We need direct contact between the two parties and we are working towards that,” Hussein says.

Iraq is Iran’s neighbor, and Hussein says US-Iran relations “are not an external matter for Iraq, but an internal one.”

He says tensions between the long-time foes impacts directly on the political and security situation in Iraq, and that detente between the two would have a positive effect.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian outlines the way contacts currently take place.

“The Americans send unwritten messages to meetings and receive responses” indirectly from Iran, he says.

“As for the Islamic Republic, we seriously declare that we want to reach a good agreement and we hope the other parties also come and negotiate with the same seriousness and the same goodwill,” Amir-Abdollahian says.

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