The Washington Post reports the first talks will be on the ambassadorial level and held next month. At a second conference, Rice will sit down at the table with the foreign ministers from Damascus and Tehran. The second meeting will be held "elsewhere in the region, possibly in Istanbul."
Washington's last major diplomatic initiative with Tehran was in late 2001, when both sides met before the American invasion of Afghanistan to topple the Taliban—whom Tehran also opposed. Iran backed the invasion, only to hear President Bush name the country part of the "axis of evil" several months later.
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