U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton says top U.S. and Iranian diplomats held a short, unplanned
meeting in The Hague on the sidelines of an international conference on
Clinton said Tuesday that Washington's top Afghan envoy, Richard Holbrooke, had
"a brief and cordial exchange with the head of the Iranian
delegation," Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Mehdi Akhundzadeh.
She said they did not discuss "anything substantive," but did agree
to stay in touch.
High-level contacts between the two nations are extremely rare. Iran and the
United States have not had diplomatic relations for about 30 years.
Holbrooke is the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He
spoke to the Iranian diplomat while attending a United Nations-sponsored
conference on Afghan security and reconstruction.
Akhundzadeh earlier told the conference that Iran is ready to help fight drug
traffickers and play a role in rebuilding Afghanistan.