The top U.S. commander in the Middle East said Sunday that Iran is a major player in the region that cannot be ignored but that the United States has no intention of leaving, as Iran would like to see happen.
Iran summoned the Swiss ambassador Sunday to protest what it called recently uncovered U.S. espionage networks, state television reported, the day before the Islamic republic planned ambassador-level talks with the U.S. on Iraq.
Arch foes Iran and the United States were poised on Monday to hold their highest-level official one-on-one talks in 27 years against a backdrop of mutual recriminations over the chaos in Iraq.
U.S. officials are expected to call on Iran to stop arming and funding Shi'ite militias when Iranian and American diplomats hold rare talks in Baghdad on Monday to discuss how to curb sectarian violence in Iraq.
U.S. diplomats said Monday's scheduled talks with Iran will be limited to discussions about Iraq's security, and not about the unresolved issues of detained Americans in Iran or the country's nuclear program.
The United States is pursuing a two-track strategy with Iran that reflects the high stakes in any engagement with a nation President Bush accuses of bankrolling terrorism and secretly building a nuclear bomb.
Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned the Swiss ambassador to Tehran on Sunday to condemn what it said was U.S. backing of spy networks inside the Islamic Republic, the students' news agency ISNA reported.
Iran summoned the Swiss ambassador Sunday to protest U.S. espionage networks recently uncovered in the country, state television reported.
May 28 (Bloomberg) -- Iran protested U.S. intelligence activities saying it discovered spy networks in the country, as the U.S. and Iranian ambassadors meet today in Baghdad for the highest-level formal talks between the countries since 1979.
A biting animation about a young girl's life under Iran's ayatollahs and a thoughtful movie about faith and death amid a Mennonite community in Mexico shared the Cannes festival's third prize, the Jury Prize on Sunday.