Xinhua: Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari confirmed Saturday that U.S and Iranian officials had postponed their talks on Iraqi security, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported. TEHRAN, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) — Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari confirmed Saturday that U.S and Iranian officials had postponed their talks on Iraqi security, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported.
Zebari revealed the postponement after his meeting with an Iranian delegation in Baghdad, said IRNA.
The fourth round of trilateral talks grouping Iran, Iraq and the U.S. on security in Iraq has been postponed and it will be resumed after the Muslim festival Eidul-Adha due on Dec. 19-21,Zebari was quoted as saying.
The Iraqi top diplomat stressed that the postponement is due to technical reasons rather than political.
He, meanwhile, described the previous rounds of talks as “quite fruitful”, saying that the results of such meetings in political, security and psychological terms were “quite acceptable”.
Iran’s ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Kazemi Qomi was also quoted as saying that the Iranian delegation is now in Baghdad to prepare the grounds for the fourth round of trilateral talks, hoping the next round of talks would help alleviate the suffering of the Iraqi people.
Earlier on Friday, Reuters quoted a spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Philip Reeker, as saying that “a scheduling conflict has necessitated in moving the talks, which we had anticipated to be next week.”
Officials from the three sides had been due to meet in Baghdad next Tuesday and are now trying to find a date later this month that suits everyone, it reported.
Editor: Mu Xuequan