Iran denies report it seeks Italian mediation with US
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi on Monday dismissed press reports that Tehran had sought Rome's mediation with Washington.
Asefi rejected Italian daily Courriere Della Sera's claim and said, "there has been no call on Italy for mediation and principally, ties between Iran and the US depend on change in Washington's approach and there is no need for mediation."
According to IRNA, Asefi added that discussions about bilateral ties in different political, economic and cultural domains had been the axis of Foreign Minister, Kamal Kharrazi's talks in Italy on Sunday.
Courriere Della Sera wrote in its Monday edition that during Rome discussions, Tehran had voiced readiness to influence Iraqi Shiites in exchange for Italy's mediation between Iran and the US. (Albawaba.com)
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