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Iran's Rouhani may consider cooperation with US on Iraq

Published on Jun 14, 2014 5:29 PM
 
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in the capital Teheran on June 14, 2014. Iran may consider cooperating with the United States in fighting Sunni extremist fighters in Iraq if Washington acts against them, President Hassan Rouhani told journalists on Saturday. -- PHOTO: AFP 

TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran may consider cooperating with the United States in fighting Sunni extremist fighters in Iraq if Washington acts against them, President Hassan Rouhani told journalists on Saturday.

He was responding to questions of whether mutual interests in fighting terrorism could possibly bring together Teheran and Washington - traditional foes that have had no diplomatic relations in more than three decades.

"If we see that the United States takes action against terrorist groups in Iraq, then one can think about it," Mr Rouhani said at a press conference marking a year since he was elected president.

Both Iranian and American leaders have separately pledged support for the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in fighting advancing fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

 
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