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U.S., Russian Defense Ministers Meet In Munich

Rumsfeld speaks to reporters as he arrives for the official opening of the conference on 11 February. 11 February 2005 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov in Munich tonight soon after arriving from Iraq.

U.S. officials said Rumsfeld and Ivanov discussed the postelection situation in Iraq and the international efforts to persuade Iran to dismantle its nuclear weapons program. They declined to give any details of the meeting.

The two defense ministers are in Munich for a weekend conference on security policy. Officials said Rumsfeld will probably leave tomorrow after discussions with defense ministers from other NATO countries.

They said it was "probable" that he would have a meeting with the foreign minister of Georgia, Salome Zurabishvili. U.S. officials declined to say whether he would meet Iran's deputy minister for international affairs, Gholamali Khoshroo, who is to address the conference tomorrow.

On 13 February, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will address the conference on the future role of the United Nations in helping to bring security to the world.