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US, Iran Meet in Baghdad on Iraq's Security

The U.S. ambassador to Iraq says he and his Iranian counterpart agreed on policy toward Iraq during highest level talks between the two countries in almost 30 years.

U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker said both countries want to see a secure, stable, democratic Iraq that is at peace with its neighbors.

Crocker said he also made it clear to Iran's Hassan Kazemi that Iran must stop supporting militias in Iraq during their four hour meeting Monday in Baghdad.

Iranian authorities deny they are responsible for attacks by insurgents in Iraq.

Kazemi said he told Crocker Iran is ready to help train and equip the Iraqi military.

The White House had said the talks in Baghdad would not touch on the international standoff with Iran over its nuclear development program, or Iran's detention of U.S. citizens.

The United States broke off diplomatic relations with Iran after young activists stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in November 1979 and took hostages.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.