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Newsline: Top Iran, Iraq Diplomats to Meet

The top diplomats of neighboring Iran and Iraq have agreed to soon meet amid a series of regional developments including two back-to-back attacks against U.S. soldiers deployed to both sides of Iraq’s border with Syria. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Iraqi Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein spoke via telephone, according to statements published by both sides Friday. The Iranian Foreign Ministry said the two men discussed “issues of mutual interest, including bilateral ties, regional developments and the Vienna talks,” where Tehran has sought Washington’s return to a 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by then-President Donald Trump in 2018. (https://www.newsweek.com/top-iran-iraq-diplomats-meet-after-back-back-attacks-us-troops-1696494) The Iraqi Foreign Ministry issued a similar readout referencing these topics as well as “ways to strengthen bilateral relations.” The Iraqi statement said that “the two sides stressed the need to meet as soon as possible to discuss developments in the region” and “the necessity of meeting in the coming days.”

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