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Iranian-American Family Urged President Bush to Seek Peace with Iran



Ali Shokouhbakhsh’s son, Arash (left), was a member of a panel
discussion with President Bush



On April 21, 2006, President Bush visited the Bay Area, California to promote U.S. high tech competitiveness. My son, Arash was selected, as a top student from San Jose State University, to be a member of a panel discussion with the President Bush at Cisco Center. I was invited to this event along with the rest of my family.



Arash Shokouhbakhsh (left) with governor Arnold


During the photo-op I had an opportunity to talk with the President regarding US-Iran relations. This was my hope and the reason I decided to go there. We had a dialog for few minutes. As we met him, he said that: “The issue of Iran is a top priority for him.” I then mentioned that: “Iranians love America and they were the only Muslim nation that immediately after the 9/11 tragedy expressed their sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families. The people and their government are not necessary the same.” At this moment he interrupted me and said: “I believe the Iranian President is not a rational person.” I then continued: “Now that some members of Congress are supporting a direct, bilateral, and comprehensive negotiation with Iran, I believe this is a good idea to be considered.” He replied with something to the effect that: “Right now a multilateral approach is being taken and we need to wait and see.”



We appreciated the opportunity to talk to him.


Ali Shokouhbakhsh

Economics Instructor

College of San Mateo

San Mateo, California 

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