US-Iran Talks First Since 1979

On the table: Iraqi security. Off the table: Iranian nuclear buildup, detainees.
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2007 6:15 AM CDT
US-Iran Talks First Since 1979
U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, left, walks with an aide at al-Asad airbase near the city of Hit, Anbar province some 140 kilometers (85 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq, on Saturday, May 26, 2007. Crocker will lead talks with Iran on Monday aimed at restoring security to Iraq. The United States...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Ambassadors for the US and Iran met for four hours today in Baghdad, in the first bilateral talks between the countries in decades. The US's Ryan Crocker was expected to press claims that Iran is providing training and weapons to Iraqi insurgents, and his counterpart Hassan Kazemi Qomi to raise accusations of US espionage.

The talks will not cover the Iranian nuclear nuclear program or detainees  held by either country. Iran and the US have had no formal relations since the fall of the shah and the hostage crisis. (Read more Iran stories.)

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