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Baghdad -arac Press -2 April: detecting Ambassador of the United States earlier in Iraq ,Zalmay Khalilzad, said his country held secret talks with Tehran in preparation for the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and noted that those discussions continued even after the fall of Saddam Hussein 's regime, among the Tehran , "she insisted , " in a timely manner to solve the security services of the former regime.
Khalilzad said in the text within his book ( theenvoy) quoted by the newspaper (New York Times ,US), on Friday evening, " The American senior officials held secret talks with Iran on the future ofIraq before the US - led invasion to topple Saddam's regime , " noting that " the former secret meetings , held in Geneva with Mohammad Javad Zarif , who was then serving as Iran 's envoy to the United Nations, and in the future and the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs. "
He said Khalilzad, that "US officials have sought through these meetings to get a commitment from Iran not to target any US aircraft may enter Iranian airspace by mistake", adding that "Zarif agreed at the time to the American demand, and expressedthe readiness of his country to encourage the Shia Iraqis in work together to form a new government in Iraq. "
He said the US ambassador, that the assurances and Washington seeks to establish a democratic government in Baghdad be at peace with its neighbors "is the formula that inspired the humorous that the United States does not intend to expand its military operations to include the Iranian territory , " pointing out that "Zarif was his own ideas on how to structure formation the new government in Iraq. "
He revealed Khalilzad, that "Zarif was preferred to transfer power quickly to Iraqi dissidents in exile, he was adamant aboutthe need to resolve the security institutions in Iraq and rebuild it again, and a thorough purge of Baath party members , " noting that "Zarif was showing his opposition at the same time of the occupation American".
He said Khalilzad, that " the Iranian point of view , which was intended primarily to expand its influence in Iraq, radically different from the strategy , which was calling for the formation of a transitional government that includes Iraqis who remained in Iraq during Saddam Hussein 's rule, not just the leaders of the opposition in exile , " stressing that " I did not support thetheme of removing Baath party members a head start in a comprehensive manner."
And the former US ambassador, that " the meetings the two sides successively continued even after the entry of US troops to Iraq, and the control of Baghdad in April 2003 , " revealing that "former US President George W. Bush administration suspended its dialogue with Tehran in May 2003, after accusing it of harboring leaders of the al - Qaida terrorist accused of theattack that killed eight American in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. "
He noted Khalilzad, that "Zarif asked Washington to hand over the PMOI who are the leaders of Iraq by posing the question ofterrorism on the table for further discussion at the meetings in May 2003 , " noting that " the United States has responded inreturn that Iran is home to a number of al - Qaeda officials in the territory, including the son of Osama bin Laden. "
He Khalilzad, that "it has encouraged the Iranians to go to put the idea of a possible exchange between the elements of theMKO and the leaders of al - Qaida has a process , " stressing that " the Bush administration rejected the plan and closed later that month , channels of communication diplomatic protest to accommodate Iran involved elements Alomerican against aterrorist attack in Riyadh. "
The former US ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad revealed, in the 19th of March, that former US President George W. Bush administration cooperated and coordinated during the year 2006 with the commander of Iran 's Qods Force Qassem Soleimani for the removal of the then Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al - Jaafari, as he emphasized that "secret meetings" between Washington and Tehran in early 2003 to formulate proposals on Iraq in conjunction with the first preparations for theoverthrow of Saddam Hasin.anthy (1)
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