Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, left, and Iran's Vice-President Parviz Davoodi, listen to their national anthems after al-Maliki arrived at Mehrabad International airport in Tehran, Iran
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has arrived in Iran Saturday for talks aimed at improving relations between the
Iraqi PM in Iran for TalksBy VOA News
08 June 2008

two countries.
Media reports say the talks will also focus on U.S. allegations of Iranian military support for Shi'ite militias in Iraq - charges that Tehran denies - and on Iraq's ongoing negotiations with Washington about an extended U.S. presence in the country.
U.S. and Iraqi officials have been discussing a security deal that would allow American forces to remain in Iraq beyond December 31, when their U.N. mandate expires.

The U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, said this week the agreement is not a blueprint for a long-term American military presence inside Iraq.
Iran opposes the agreement.

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