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US says not talking to Iran on Iraq crisis

A masked Pershmerga fighter from Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region guards a temporary camp set up to shelter Iraqis fleeing violence in the northern Nineveh province, in Aski kalak, 40 kms west of the region's capital Arbil, on June 13, 2014The United States is not holding talks with its traditional foe Iran on the crisis in Iraq, the State Department said Friday, despite Washington and Tehran’s shared interest in supporting Baghdad. “No, we are not talking to the Iranians about Iraq,” spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters when asked about the possibility of any direct or indirect contacts. Even though the US and Iran have not had diplomatic relations for three decades, the two countries held bilateral talks this week in Geneva as they seek to hammer out a deal with global powers on reining in Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

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