Bush to Declare Renewal of Ties with Iran

October 26, 2008 at 2:00 am Leave a comment

Several
American media outlets reported on Saturday that President George Bush
is likely to announce after next month’s presidential elections that he
intends to restore the diplomatic relations with Iran, almost 30 years
after they were suspended.


Several American media outlets reported on Saturday
that President George Bush is likely to announce after next month’s
presidential elections that he intends to restore the diplomatic
relations with Iran, almost 30 years after they were suspended.

Quoting U.S. civil servants, the reports said that Bush’s decision
to postpone the announcement until after the elections was meant to rid
the two presidential candidates of having to deal with the
controversial move.

In the first stage, the American administration allegedly seeks to
appoint a low-level diplomatic delegation, and has already started the
recruitment process.

Tehran has already been informed of the initiative,
but its view on the matter remains unclear. Similar reports were
published a few months ago, but the plan was then put on hold.

Earlier this month, the American Iranian Council, a U.S.-based
organization, was banned from operating in Iran. However, Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said during a U.S. tour last month that
he would consider restoring his country’s relations with the U.S.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has said Tehran would
favorably consider such proposal, as long as it was to be carried out
bilaterally.

U.S. sources said the purpose of the diplomatic effort is to better
communicate American messages to the Iranian people, which are largely
hostile to the U.S. They said that it does not signal a conciliatory
approach to the Iranian regime or any change of policy vis-à-vis the
contentious issues that are on the table, namely Iran’s nuclear
program.

The United States severed its diplomatic ties with Iran in 1979, in
the wake of the Islamic revolution that ousted the Shah and brought
Ayatollah Khomeini to power. A group of Iranian students, supported by
the Islamists, took over the American embassy and held its workers
hostage for over a year.


Source: Haaretz.com

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