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Iran Joins High-Level Afghan Talks

Iranian representative Mohammed Ali Qanezadeh took part in a high-level meeting on Afghanistan today after the United States said it has no problem with its participation.

The international contact group met in Rome amid a renewed push to end the 9-year-old war in Afghanistan. The group consists of the Afghan government, NATO, the European Union, the United Nations, and other key players to assess progress in Afghanistan.

Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said Washington was asked about possible Iranian involvement and responded that it had no problem with it.

He and other representatives stressed the talks are limited to Afghanistan and do not touch on the contentious issue of Tehran's nuclear dossier.

-- Reuters