Iran agreed on Sunday to attend the regional conference on Iraq security this week in Egypt, announced by Ali Larijani in Baghdad. Larijani, a former general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, is the head of Iran's National Security Council and his brother is a top radical cleric and a member of the powerful Guardian Council.
Larijani met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki while in Baghdad, who encouraged the Iranians to attend the regional summit. But, in a statement later released, al-Maliki also warned Iran of the consequences of terrorist attacks in Iraq. al-Maliki said, "Terrorist operations targeting Iraq will affect all countries in the world that are supposed to be supporting the Iraqi government in its war against terrorism." Iran has been supplying explosives, weapons, ammunition, funding and training to both Shi'a and Sunni groups involved in attacks in Iraq.
Iran's Larijani also rejected claims by the EU's Javier Solana that Ayatollah Khameini is prepared to talk directly to the United States about its nuclear program. When asked about such a disposition by Khameini, Solana offered, "I say without any hesitation, yes." But Larijani dismissed the claim saying, "I saw his comments in news reports. If he has said so this would be surprising since such an issue was not discussed in the meeting and his impression is wrong."