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Reformers inside Iran excluded from US support: Zibakalam

Tehran, Jan 15, IRNA - The reformers inside the Islamic Republic never enjoyed support from the Bush Administration, university lecturer Sadeq Zibakalam said on Tuesday.

He told IRNA that when the reformist government of President Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005) sought rapprochement with Washington, the US Administration did not give positive response to it.

"The Bush Administration did not get closer to the reformers inside the Islamic Republic when Foreign Ministry was run by them, and the reform camp was in majority in the parliament.

"Therefore, the reformists inside the Islamic Republic are excluded from the so-called US plan to support the reformists," Zibakalam said.

He said that the groups enjoying the US support have no popular base in Iran.

The university lecturer said that the counter-revolutionaries and the monarchists residing abroad may be the ones supported by the Bush administration and since they have no popular base in Iran, they will get nowhere.

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