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Iran's Reformist MPs call for restoring relations with US

Some 154 members of the parliament on Wednesday called on the Foreign Ministry to adopt active diplomacy to restore relations with the United States as a "deterrent approach" to possible threats, IRNA reported from Tehran.

They said in a statement that popularity of the Islamic Republic makes it capable enough to turn the "threats" into "opportunity", adding that dealing with the threats against national security requires active diplomacy to communicate with outside world and explain national goals and democratic agenda of the Islamic Republic to other countries.

The MPs defended their call for restoring relations with the United States as being in line with the national interest and a democratic demand.

The MPs urged the Foreign Ministry to push for confidence building in the international scene and help remove any misunderstanding with other nations.

The statement maintained in the meantime that the recommendation is in line with the aspirations of the Islamic Revolution, independence of the country and freedom.

Referring to the events going on in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past two years, the statement said that ignoring the recommendation may cause disaster for the nation. Such a threat should be dealt with timely, it said.

Comparing the popularity of the Islamic Republic of Iran with the Iraqi 30-year-old dictatorship and Iran's eight-year sacred defense against the Iraqi-imposed war, the statement said that the Iraqi people did not defend their country against the coalition invasion because they no longer were willing that their national wealth being put at Saddam's disposal.

"We believe that the progress and bright prospects will be available with safeguarding the territorial integrity, independence, freedom and the Islamic Republic and that no excuse is acceptable to ignore our recommendation," the reformist MPs said.

The statement called on the other components of the system to appreciate the popularity of the Islamic Republic and not to allow the nation to be exposed to threats due to an idle diplomacy and the policymaking methods proved inefficient.

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