Iran is ready to consider negotiating with the United States over regional issues including Iraq, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said Sunday.
"If there is any official request about regional issues, we are ready to review it," said spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini. He said those issues included Iraq, but he would not elaborate.
However, Hosseini said Iran was not changing its stance regarding bilateral relations with the US - an apparent indication that Iran would refuse to talk with the US about other issues such as its controversial nuclear program. The US has demanded that Iran stop enriching uranium as a precondition to talks about its disputed program.
The United States said in May that it wanted to hold direct talks with Iran about Iraq - which would have been the most public exchanges by the countries in years. Iran said it had agreed to the idea, and US and Iranian officials said at the time that the talks would focus on the situation in Iraq, not on broader subjects like Iran's nuclear program.