LONDON, Oct. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- British Prime Minister
Tony Blair met US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday in London
forprivate talks over Iran and Iraq.
"The majority of the discussions
concerned Iraq, they were greatly encouraged by the level of participation in the
referendum and look forward to the political process continuing through to
elections in December and beyond," a Downing Street spokeswoman said.
"They also discussed issues relating to the
improvement in the security situation in Iraq," she said.
"On Iran they discussed their shared concern about
the need forIran to meet its international obligations," she added.
Before heading to a private lunch with Blair at his
country residence Chequers, north of London, Rice expressed her full support to
Britain over its handling of Iran, which was accused of developing nuclear
weapons and involvement in insurgent attacks on British troops in Iraq.
"The British are doing everything that they can,"
In August, talks between Iran and Britain, France and
Germany (EU-3) broke down because Iran rejected a deal that offered trade and
other incentives for a full cessation of fuel cycle work, the focus of fears
that Iran could acquire nuclear weapons.
Rice also said the US had warned Iran over its
possible involvement in helping insurgent bomb attacks in Iraq.
"We have tried to deliver a message... about this
issue of improvised explosive devices in Southern Iraq," Rice said.
"We have channels with which to do it. But we use
them sternly and pretty specifically to deliver messages," said she.
The US has no formal diplomatic ties with Iran but
occasionallytalks to the government through Swiss diplomats in Tehran or through
the Islamic republic's ambassador to the United Nations inNew York.
Rice arrived in London on Saturday, the last leg of
her European tour across Russia, Central Asia and Europe to gather support for
encouraging Iran to return to international talks. Andshe left for the US on
Sunday afternoon after meeting Blair. Enditem