The success of the talk between Iran and the U.S. depends on Washington, Iran’s foreign Minister said Monday. According to his words, America must change its "failed" polices.
Manouchehr Mottaki also left open the possibility of future meetings with the U.S. but only if Washington admits its U.S-led war in Iraq and other regional issues have not been successful.
"We are hopeful that Washington's realistic outlook toward the current issues in Iraq, a confession about its failed policy there and the region as well as an indication of determination to change the policy would guarantee the success of the current talks and possible further negotiations," Mottaki said during a speech at the Persian Gulf Security and International Law conference in Tehran.
U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker represented Washington during the Monday morning talks. Iranian Ambassador Hassan Kazemi Qomi spoke for Iran at the talks, which were held at Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's office in the Green Zone compound in Baghdad. Iraqi officials said the talks were cordial and focused solely on Iraq.
Ahead of the meeting, the conservative Tehran newspaper Kayhan called the talks: "A warning to the U.S."
The independent daily Kargozaran took a softer stance calling the meeting a "sacrifice for peace."
"Tolerance by Iran at this level can be called a sacrifice for peace," because Iran would not gain much by the talks but the Americans could agree to peacefully leave Iraq, Kargozaran wrote in its main article on the talks.
Iran sees U.S. troops in Iraq as a threat to its security and has demanded that the U.S. leave. Washington, meanwhile, accuses Iran of arming and financing Shiite militias fighting American and Iraqi troops in Iraq - charges Iran denies.
Despite demanding that the U.S. change its policies, Mottaki also added that the meeting's success depends on both sides and the "determination by both sides for solving current problems."
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