Iranian deputies were gathering signatures to try and form an Iranian-U.S. friendship committee in parliament, one of the legislators involved in the effort said Tuesday.
Darioush Ghanbari, one of at least 10 deputies who has signed the document calling for the establishment of a Iran-U.S. friendship committee, said Iranian parliamentarians were seeking to reduce tensions with America and "explain Iran's realities to the U.S. Congress."
Ghanbari said the document was signed by both conservatives and reformists and more signatures were expected by the end of the day.
It was the first effort organized inside the 290-seat parliament during the past three decades to find a way end nearly 30 years of estrangement between the two nations.
The United States and Iran said Sunday they will hold talks in Baghdad soon about improving Iraq's security—a rare meeting between the two countries.
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