Last remaining seats to the Jpost 2017 Annual Conference! Get your special offer now

At G8, Obama and Putin express optimism after Iranian election

ByREUTERS
June 18, 2013 02:24

During meeting with Russian counterpart at G8 summit in Northern Ireland, US president voices "cautious" optimism that election of moderate cleric in Iran will open up dialogue with Tehran over disputed nuclear program.

Obama meets with Putin during G8 Summit, Northern Ireland June 17, 2013.

Obama and Putin at G8 summit 370. (photo credit:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque )

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland - US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed "cautious" optimism on Monday that the election of a moderate cleric in Iran's presidential poll would open up dialogue with Tehran over its disputed nuclear program.

Iranians voted Friday to elect moderate cleric Hassan Rohani to be their next president.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



The president runs the economy and wields important influence in day-to-day decision-making, but Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the final say on major issues including national security and Iran's nuclear program.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Tehran of pursuing nuclear weapons and have imposed sanctions on Iran that have damaged its economy and triggered a rise in inflation and unemployment. Tehran says its nuclear program is peaceful and aimed at generating power.

"In Iran, we both ... expressed cautious optimism that with a new election there, we may be able to move forward on a dialogue that allows us to resolve the problems with Iran's nuclear program," Obama told reporters during a meeting with Putin at the Group of Eight summit in Northern Ireland.

The comments were his first in public about the Iranian election.

"I hope that after the elections in Iran there will be new opportunities to solve the Iranian nuclear problem. And we'll be trying to do that bilaterally and in the international negotiations process," Putin said, according to translated remarks.

Their agreement on Iran contrasted with tension over the civil war in Syria, about which both men acknowledged having differing views.
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Iran
  • Syria
  • Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
    April 28, 2017
    Dutch critic of Israel defends election of Saudis to UN women’s rights forum

    By JTA

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 13 - 27
      Beer Sheva
      14 - 23
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 13 - 24
      Jerusalem
      16 - 23
      Haifa
    • 22 - 33
      Elat
      16 - 31
      Tiberias