Iran agreed Sunday to join the U.S. and other countries at a conference on Iraq this week, raising hopes the government in Tehran would help stabilize its violent neighbor and stem the flow of guns and bombs over the border.
The announcement sets the stage for the first cabinet-level meeting between Iran and the U.S. since the end of 2004.
Iran agreed to participate with the United States and other countries in a conference about Iraq this week that aims in part to get surrounding countries to stop aiding the insurgency with bombs, guns and terrorists.
Tehran, Iran (AP) -- Iran on Sunday confirmed it will attend this week's conference on Iraq in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheik, saying its delegation will be headed by its foreign minister.
Iraq welcomes Iran's participation in a conference this week on regional security, Iraqi national security adviser Mowaffak al Rubaie said on Sunday
Eight British Royal Navy sailors held by Iran for about two weeks a month ago have re-joined their colleagues aboard the HMS Cornwall, The Sun tabloid reported on Monday.
BAGHDAD, April 29 -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Sunday that Iran would join a regional conference to discuss Iraqi security issues and emphasized the need for other countries to cooperate, saying that violence could spill beyond Iraq's borders.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told an Iranian envoy Sunday that the persistent attacks in Iraq are also a threat abroad, a pointed warning amid U.S. accusations that the Tehran government is stoking the violence in Iraq. The move came as Iran agreed to attend a major U.S.-backed regional conference on Iraq this week in Egypt.
Iran will attend a conference of key powers including the United States this week that will focus on stabilizing Iraq, a meeting Baghdad said might be a turning point for regional cooperation in easing the violence.
Iran announced on Sunday that it will attend a key conference on Iraq's security in Egypt alongside arch-enemy the United States this week, ending weeks of uncertainty over its involvement.