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Iranian FM tells Obama to try to realize the emerging "new Middle East"

Tehran, Jan 21, IRNA - Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki recommended the new U.S. President Barak Obama to try to understand the "new Middle East which was emerging".

The foreign minister made the remarks while talking to reporters at Mehrabad Airport Tuesday night after receiving the message of the current chairman of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Abdoulaye Wade to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Stressing that the traditional ways of looking into Middle East issues would no longer work, Mottaki believed the U.S. administration really needed to hire a new team of Middle East experts that would help the American president make logical decisions on topics relating to the Middle East.

The foreign minister further stressed that Obama needed to admit, in a quite frank way, that the policies adopted on different world issues particularly those relating to the Middle East by previous U.S. governments, especially in the past eight years, were the real reason of the present global attitude towards the U.S. which entails harsh criticism of the U.S. policies and statesmen.

He recommended the new U.S. President to adopt polices which would benefit his own people and cause no harms to other world nations.

Commenting on the future of Iran-U.S. ties, Mottaki said Iran would prefer to follow its long-standing policy of monitoring the performance and the practical policies of the U.S. administration.

On his short meeting with Wade at the airport when he was receiving the OIC chief's message, he said he discussed ways of following up the focal points of negotiations already carried out by Wade and Ahmadinejad on topics related to Gaza.

Mottaki said he also explored practical methods of rendering aid to the people in Gaza by the Islamic countries with Wade.

Blix urges Obama to find peaceful solution to Iran nuclear issue

Vienna, Jan 21, IRNA - Former Director General of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) Hans Blix hoped Tuesday evening that the new President of the US, Barack Obama, would find a peaceful solution to Iran's nuclear issue.

Addressing the Interlocken conference in Swiss, Blix criticized the former US president George W. Bush's administration for its hostile approach towards Iran.

"The Bush administration avoided holding talks with Iran and chose ways of boycotting the country and positioning troops" in the region, Blix said.

He added that the major difference between Bush and President Obama is that the latter "is prepared to enter direct talks with Iran."

Blix added that avoiding negotiations would lead to no where while better situations could be found through diplomatic negotiations.

Barack Obama who won a landslide victory with a promise of "change", took office as the 44th US president at midday on Tuesday.

MP advises new U.S. president to take lessons from his unsuccessful predecessor

Tehran, Jan 21, IRNA - Member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Parliament Hossein Ebrahimi recommended the new U.S. President, Barak Obama, to take lessons from the bitter failure of his predecessor.

Talking to IRNA on Wednesday, the parliamentarian said the U.S. had to establish logical interactions with other countries and start realizing that it could not command them and rule their fates.

Stressing that the time of the U.S. hegemony was already over, he said the world nations were now vigilant enough to understand the true nature of American policies.

Believing that the U.S. political arena would experience no major changes during the new administration, Ebrahmi hoped U.S. President Barak Obama would deliver on his promises of change by avoiding repeat of the old story of trying to rule over nations through use of force.

He further stressed that the U.S. had only one option in dealing with Iran and that was through peaceful manners.

MP says US propaganda against Iran not effective

Tehran, Jan 21, IRNA -- A member of Parliament told IRNA on Wednesday that the US cannot influence Iran through psychological warfare and its propaganda against the Iranian nation is not effective.

Hossein Sobhani-Nia said that US has no place in Iran and its policy of launching psychological warfare against the country has failed so far.

He said the US planned to mount psychological war against Iran when its military actions against the country did not work.

"Era of dominating nations as pursued by the Bush Administration is over due vigilance of states," the parliamentarian said.

He added that US President Barack Obama, who was sworn in at midday on Tuesday, should not repeat Bush's mistakes.

"Obama has to know that psychological operations do not work against countries including Iran," he said.

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