[ltr]2023.02.13 - 14:19[/ltr]
Baghdad - Nas
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein said, on Monday, that it is no secret that I am in contact with Iranian and American officials, adding that Iran is on the agenda of the Iraqi delegation's visit to Washington.
Hussein added, in an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, followed by "Nass" (February 13, 2023): "Both sides trust us, and this is a good thing." He also explained that "it is in Iraq's interest for there to be less tension between Washington and Tehran."
Hussein is in Washington at the head of an Iraqi delegation to the United States, including Acting Central Bank Governor Ali Al-Alaq, in the first higher coordination committee of the US-Iraqi strategic framework focused on the economy.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian called his Iraqi counterpart on Friday, before the Iraqi foreign minister met the next day with the US envoy to Iran, Robert Malley.
In their meeting, Hussein and Mali discussed Amir Abdollahian's invitation and the stalled talks on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran nuclear deal.
"I will continue these contacts," Hussein said. "The United States is an important ally, and Iran is an important neighbor with whom we share many common interests, including borders, religion, culture, economy, and trade."
"I hope the two sides will start talking to each other again, but that is their decision," he said
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