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The American hostages aren’t on the agenda:

Q Will there be talk about the four Iranian American scholars and activists that are being held?
MR. SNOW: No. The conversations are restricted to security matters within Iraq proper. That is the channel that has been opened up. This is not a way of broadening diplomatic contacts between the nations.
Q And about the five Iranians being held inside Iraq?
MR. SNOW: Well, again, what we’re talking about are those who have been trying to destabilize Iraq. That is going to be a topic of conversation.

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