Hague: No sharing counter-terrorist expertise with Iran

The UK Foreign Secretary William Hague told ITV News today there would be no on-the ground sharing of British counter-terrorist expertise with Iranian officials.

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Hague: No sharing counter-terrorist expertise with Iran

Barack Obama has discussed Iran having a role in helping to stabilise Iraq - so long as it respects all sides. The UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has already spoken about talking to Iran.

But Mr Hague told ITV News today there would be no on-the ground sharing of British counter-terrorist expertise with Iranian officials.

ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby spoke to Mr Hague:

PM: 'It's important I don't pick Iraq's leaders'

David Cameron has said it's important he doesn't "pick Iraq's leaders" during a meeting with Nato's General Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen at Downing Street.

David Cameron speaks out about Iraq from Downing Street. Credit: ITV News

Mr Cameron told waiting journalists: "It's important that I don't pick Iraq's leaders, the people of Iraq pick their leaders, but what matters is that those leaders run that country on a non-sectarian basis, because running it on a more sectarian basis is part of the problem we are facing today."

The meeting took place as president Barack Obama prepared to announce that he is deploying about 100 Green Berets to Iraq to help train and advise Iraqi forces.

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William Hague: We're not sending UK soldiers to Iraq

William Hague has told ITV News that under the current circumstances, the Government is "not planning, contemplating, or having meetings about Britain taking military action in Iraq."

He said that moves are being made to try to persuade Iraqi leaders to work together, provide aid and expertise, but "none of that means British soldiers going to Iraq".

Hague: Iraq faces severe challenges to its existence

Foreign Secretary William Hague has told ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby that Iraq faces a "severe challenge to its existence as a state".

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