U.S. House Speaker Boehner: U.S. should not engage Iran over Iraq crisis

by Reuters
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 14:32 GMT

WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday he does not think the United States should reach out to Shi'ite-led Iran for help in defeating the Sunni insurgency facing Iraq.

Asked whether he agreed with some other lawmakers that the United States should hold talks with Iran over the crisis in Iraq, Boehner said: "No, absolutely not."

"I can just imagine what our friends in the region and our allies would be thinking by reaching out to Iran at a time when they continue to pay for terrorism, foster terrorism, not only in Syria and Lebanon but in Israel as well," he told reporters. (Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Jim Loney)

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