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Iran says no `talks' with US envoy at conference
Associated Press Writers ^ | 04-01-2009 | NASSER KARIMI and BRIAN MURPHY

Posted on 04/01/2009 11:35:46 AM PDT by RS_Rider

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran dismissed American government reports that senior U.S. and Iran envoys had a cordial — and promising — face-to-face exchange at an international conference, saying Wednesday that no "talks" took place.

The competing accounts of Tuesday's encounter in the Netherlands appeared to reflect the different approaches to overtures to end the United States' and Iran's nearly 30-year diplomat standoff.

Washington has seemed eager to build on President Barack Obama's surprise video message last month to seek engagement with Iran's ruling clerics. Iran has — in public, at least — been far cooler to making immediate contacts, but has not fully rejected some openings in the future.

Iran's take on The Hague conference was just as nuanced — not flatly denying that senior U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke and Iranian diplomat Mehdi Akhundzadeh met at a conference to discuss Afghanistan but concentrating on the semantics of whether official talks took place.

"Maybe this — the report on the meeting by the U.S. — indicates that the other party is hasty to take advantage of the conference," Akhundzadeh was quoted by the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

The statement noted that any exchange that occurred at the Afghanistan conference was not comparable with official talks, such as the ambassador-level meetings between the United States and Iran to discuss Iraq.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: envoy; iran; talks
Well, they didn't like the video, didn't like playing footsie at the meeting....invite them to Wednesday night cocktails?
1 posted on 04/01/2009 11:35:46 AM PDT by RS_Rider
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To: RS_Rider

Give them ipods. They’ll come around.


2 posted on 04/01/2009 11:47:08 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (American Revolution II -- overdue)
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What really happened at The Hague “conference”:

Holbrooke: Hey, pass the salt will ya?

Akhundzadeh: Maybe.


3 posted on 04/01/2009 11:57:00 AM PDT by OpeEdMunkey (We seem to have reached a critical mass of stupid people.)
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The Iranians are toying with the TOTUS.


4 posted on 04/01/2009 11:58:19 AM PDT by Kandy Atz ("Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want for bread.")
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Hmm The taliban,calls Obama a lunatic and the Iranians tell him to pound sand...... Hows that dialog thing working B. Hussein?

He and we because of him look weak.

5 posted on 04/01/2009 12:01:16 PM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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Don’t these guys know that they are speaking with emmisaries of The Beloved Leader? They must have missed the press briefing!


6 posted on 04/01/2009 12:19:56 PM PDT by 50sDad (The mainstream media is the only watch dog that decides what it is going to bark at.)
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Ummmmm....no, they’re waiting for a breakfast invite in which ham and biscuits will be served?

Seriously, The Zero could care less about foreign affairs. He’s not a man of substance and has run out of options. My guess is he’ll just turn back to piddling around w/ domestic issues and let world affairs go their own direction. In the end he’ll wind up screwing both up, one by commission and the other by omission.


7 posted on 04/01/2009 12:32:24 PM PDT by 556x45
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