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U.S. expects Syrian settlement, talks with Iran: official

(Xinhua)

07:58, March 31, 2012

MOSCOW, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Washington welcomed the readiness of the Syrian government to implement U.N.-Arab League joint envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan, the U.S. State Department's top arms control official said Friday.

Rose Gottemoeller, who is acting under secretary of state for arms control and international security, said here Washington expected Damascus to fully comply with Annan's six-point plan.

Damascus' consent to the implementation of the plan "could only be welcomed", Gottemoeller said, adding the move was "a step to the right direction."

Meanwhile, the official stressed "neither the U.S. nor Israel nor anyone else" wanted a war with Iran.

Washington hoped the talks between Tehran and six international mediators would be successful, Gottemoeller said.

"We hope the talks scheduled for the nearest weeks could answer some of the existing questions. I believe we'll succeed," she said.

The meeting between Iran and the mediators, Russia, the U.S., France, Britain, China and Germany, is reportedly to be held in April, but the date and the place have not been fixed yet.

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