Iraqi FM: US, Iran to hold meeting on Dec. 18 ahead of more formal talks

Iraq's foreign minister said Monday that the US and Iran experts will hold a meeting next week to discuss security issues ahead of an expected round of formal talks on Iraq's stability. Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said the two sides had agreed to hold their fourth round of ambassador-level talks in Baghdad, but the timing was still being discussed. He said, however, that a meeting of security, military and diplomatic experts would be held on Dec. 18 to discuss technical issues. "This would be a technical meeting a follow up to the last meting of the security experts," he said.