Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Iran to host Iraq security talks - BBC News

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Things are moving fast now. Diplomatically this is the equivalent of a bank failure. You may have seen pictures where the depositors form long lines in the street hoping to retrieve some small fraction of their life savings. The only thing crueler than America's ongoing humiliation in the Middle East is the endless and needless suffering of the people of Iraq. DS
Abstract: Iraq's President Jalal Talabani has accepted an invitation from his Iranian counterpart to discuss ways of tackling the violence in Iraq. Mr Talabani's office said he would meet President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on Saturday. Some reports say Syria's President Bashar al-Assad may attend. The US has given a guarded response to the prospect of the talks in Tehran. The Iraqi government has also said Syria and Iraq are planning to restore full diplomatic ties, cut in 1982.(...) Analysts say the US government has been more amenable to regional diplomacy since heavy losses for President George W Bush in 7 November mid-term elections. However, Washington gave a cautious response to the news of Mr Talabani's trip to Tehran. READ IT ALL

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