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Iranian Lawmakers comment on Ahmadinejad's letter to Obama

Source: Mehr News Agency, TEHRAN

Some Majlis representatives in separate interviews with the Mehr News Agency have expressed their views on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's letter to U.S. President-elect Barack Obama. In his letter President Ahmadinejad congratulated Obama's victory in the U.S. presidential elections.

In the message sent on Thursday, Ahmadinejad said that it is expected that fundamental and clear changes will be made in Washington's foreign and domestic policies, as demanded by all nations and the American people.


Member of the Majlis Presiding Board Hamid-Reza Haji-Babayi interpreted Ahmadinejad's letter to Obama as a "sign of Iran's active diplomacy".


Sending the letter was a "positive move" by the president and was in line with the interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Haji-Babayi noted.


"The Islamic Republic of Iran not only has announced its position on the election of the new president of the United States ... it has also seized the initiative from the United States."


Haji-Babayi also stated the letter is going to be reviewed in the Majlis because of the sensitive nature of Tehran-Washington relations.


"The Majlis is especially sensitive on the issue and will review the subject in the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee."


Letter shows Iran's good will


Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee deputy chairman Esmaeil Kosari stated that Ahmadinejad's letter showed Iran's "good will" in its foreign policy.


The letter once again proved that Tehran has never intended to deal with other countries "out of an aggressive" approach, he said.


On the speculations over the possible answers of Obama to the letter, Kosari noted, "The policies of the United States will not change with a change of individuals."


Sending letter an 'acceptable attempt'


MP Hamid-Reza Rasayi called the letter an "acceptable" attempt and in keeping with the national interests of the country.


"As the content of the letter has been composed from the position of power and it has explicitly challenged the position of the United States in foreign policy, I think we should evaluate sending a letter by President Ahmadinejad as a 'preemptive attempt'."


In a reference to Iran's nuclear program, he said despite an intensive external pressure on Tehran to freeze its uranium enrichment program, Iran succeeded to convince the world public opinion of the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities and the letter is in line with this policy.


Forethought expected in writing letter


MP Mahdi Sanayi argued if the letter was written based on a forethought it would bring about no harm to the nation.


The MP went on to say the actual result of the letter can be assessed after Obama gives an answer to it.


President should have considered all aspects


A member of the Majlis Cultural Affairs Committee, Bijan Nobaveh, expressed hope that Ahmadinejad would have considered various aspects of his move.


Surely, the president closely considers every attempt he is going to make and, "We hope the same is true in this case." 


On the probable changes in the U.S. foreign policy, Nobaveh added it is the system which determines the U.S. policies and not the individuals.

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