Manuchehr Mottaki (file photo) (epa)
March 7, 2007 -- Iran has confirmed it will attend a conference in Baghdad this week on Iraq's security -- an event where U.S. officials also will be present.
The announcement today by Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki is Tehran's first unequivocal commitment to the March 10 event.
Mottaki said the Iranian delegation would be led by Abbas Araqchi, the deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs.
Mottaki said Iran's participation is aimed at helping the Iraqi government and people.
Also expected to attend the Baghdad conference are representatives from other permanent UN Security Council member states and Iraq's neighbors.
Washington and Tehran have not had formal diplomatic relations since Iran's 1979 revoluition. In recent months, Washington has accused Tehran of backing militants in Iraq -- a charge that Iran denies.
(AP, Reuters, AFP)