Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday that Iran would hold talks with the United States for the sake of the Iraqi people although it did not trust the U.S. administration, the official IRNA news agency reported.
"In response to repeated calls of the United States for talks with Iran on the Iraqi issue, Iran will do so provided that the interests of Iraqis and the entire Muslim world to be guaranteed," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying in a meeting with visiting Syrian Vice-President Farouk Shara.
Shara arrived here late Friday for a two-day visit to convey Syrian President Bashar Assad's message to Ahmadinejad.
On March 16, Secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani said that Iran was ready to hold talks on Iraq with Washington as proposed by Iraqi Shiite leader Abdul Aziz al-Hakim.
In response, the White House authorized the U.S. ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad to hold talks with Iran.
Washington accused Iran of allowing weapons and insurgents to cross into Iraq while Iran urged U.S. to pull troops out of Iraq.