November 7, 2014 / 5:24 PM / 3 years ago

No U.S.-Iran military coordination against Islamic State: Rice

National Security Advisor Susan Rice speaks to the press about U.S. President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia trip while in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, November 7, 2014.Larry Downing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice said on Friday the United States is not engaged in military coordination with Iran in countering Islamic State forces in the Middle East.

Rice, at a White House briefing, responded to a report that President Barack Obama had written a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei about Islamic State by saying, "We are in no way engaged in any coordination - military coordination - with Iran on countering ISIL."

Rice also said U.S. concerns about cybersecurity will be high on the agenda when President Barack Obama meets Chinese officials in Beijing next week.

Rice said there no plans for a formal meeting between Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin at a G20 summit but that there might be opportunity for informal discussions.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Bill Trott

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