Iranian, U.S. Diplomats Meet Briefly

Three-minute discussion focuses on Iraq, hints at Bush administration policy shift
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2007 2:49 PM CDT
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice seen during a meeting at an international conference on Iraq at the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, Friday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – It didn't involve the American Secretary of State or the Iranian foreign minister, but a brief meeting of high-level diplomats today in Egypt signals a thaw in relations between the countries, the International Herald Tribune reports. U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker said the three-minute conversation concerned the situation in Iraq.

Crocker and a senior adviser to Condoleezza Rice met with an Iranian deputy foreign minister at the regional summit that concluded today. Rice said afterward, "We have no desire to have difficult relations with anyone in Iran." She conferred with the Syrian foreign minister on Thursday, another sign of Washington's shifting stance on Middle East relations.