Wednesday, November 10, 2004

:: Xinhuanet - English ::

:: Xinhuanet - English ::: "US, Iran have no plan to meet at Iraq conference: spokesman 2004-11-11 04:48:29
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- US Secretary of State Colin Powell will attend the Iraq conference in Egypt later this month but there is no agenda to meet with Iranian officials who will also appear at the conference, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said at a news briefing on Wednesday.

"Secretary Powell will go to Sham el-Sheikh, Egypt to participate in the expanded regional conference that is being heldNovember 22nd and 23rd, hosted by the government of Egypt, to discuss promoting security and stability in Iraq and Iraq's democratic transition," Boucher said.

Boucher said the United States and Iran will have a chance to listen to the views of each other at the conference but there is no agenda to have a meeting.

"There is no particular meeting set up with the Iranians. Thereis no agenda for a meeting with the Iranians," Boucher said.

"It is a chance to attend the same meeting and hear directly what they have to say, and for them to hear what we have to say. That happens from time to time. I would not make this event in anyway particularly different from some of the others that have happened before," Boucher said.

The United States has threatened to refer Iran's nuclear program issue to the United Nations Security Council for international sanctions, but Iran has insisted that its nuclear programs are for civil purposes only."


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