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U.S. calls Iran, Syrian talks cordial

The first direct, high-level contact in years among U.S., Iranian and Syrian representatives included “frank and sometimes jovial exchanges,” Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, said Saturday. “The overall mood was businesslike, constructive,” Khalilzad told reporters in a conference call after the one-day session in Baghdad. “Nobody was pounding the table.” Khalilzad and another U.S. envoy talked to Iranian and Syrian diplomats several times Saturday during a larger meeting intended to draw international support for the task of reducing violence in Iraq. Full Story

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