The US is "open to discussions with Iran" as sectarian violence continues in the north of Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry has said in an interview with Yahoo News.
Mr Kerry also said that the United States is "deeply committed to the integrity of Iraq, " urging the Maliki government to do a "better job" of reaching out to other sectarian groups.
The Foreign Secretary has been clear on the threat of Isis, but he has ruled out the prospect of any UK military involvement in the crisis.
Iraq’s foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, is a natural diplomat. Polite, immaculately dressed, and blessed with a great memory.
Isis has paraded military equipment in Mosul it captured from when the Iraqi army fled in what some see as a "nightmare scenario."