"We're working closely with those countries [Iran and Syria] to let them know that we expect them to enforce borders, prevent people from coming across borders if, in fact, we catch them doing that," he [Bush] told reporters.
After Bush's comments, however, State Department officials made clear that there have been no direct government contacts with Iran.
Officials explained that when the president said the U.S. is "working closely with" Iran, he meant that the Bush administration has been talking through third-party channels, such as the United Kingdom and other European countries, to pass the message to Iran that it must patrol its borders.
Poh-tay-toe, poh-tah-toe. Of course that's what he meant by "working closely with".