the Boston globe reports that The United States agreed yesterday to join high-level talks with Iran and Syria on the future of Iraq.
The move was announced by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in testimony on Capitol Hill, after Iraq said it had invited neighboring states, the United States, and other nations to a pair of regional conferences.
“I would note that the Iraqi government has invited all of its neighbors, including Syria and Iran, to attend both of these regional meetings,” Rice told the Senate Appropriations Committee. “We hope that all governments will seize this opportunity to improve the relations with Iraq and to work for peace and stability in the region.”
The first meeting, at the ambassadorial level, will be held next month. Then, Rice herself will sit down at the table with the foreign ministers from Damascus and Tehran at a second meeting in April elsewhere in the region, possibly Istanbul.
Iraq can choose how and who to seek diplomatic relations, but the Left is trying to spin this into the Bush Administration changing its position on Iran and Syria. that is not the case, Iraq put this together not the U.S. You don’t believe me? Go read the boston globes article and see how they chose to report this news.