Thursday, December 09, 2004

U.S., Iran join in rare Persian Gulf security conference

Description of Selected News: "U.S., Iran join in rare Persian Gulf security conference


MANAMA (Reuters) -- A conference on regional security threats opened in Bahrain on Friday, in a rare gathering of senior officials and strategists from Persian Gulf Arab states as well as Iran, Iraq and the United States.

The Persian Gulf Security Conference: The Persian Gulf Dialogue, organized by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), will focus on terrorism, nuclear weapons proliferation, Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Senior political, military and security officials from Europe, Australia, Japan, the United States and the Middle East were due to speak at the conference on Saturday and Sunday, which will be closed to the media.

Speakers include U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal and Iraq's National Security Adviser Kassim Daoud."

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