US ex-policymakers urge Obama to pursue diplomacy with Iran

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 16, 2013 08:58

Former US officials urged US President Barack Obama late on Monday to take advantage of the Iranian election of incoming president Hassan Rouhani to pursue diplomacy with the Islamic Republic, AFP reported.

"We strongly encourage your administration to seize the moment to pursue new multilateral and bilateral negotiations with Iran once Rouhani takes office and to avoid any provocative action that could narrow the window of opportunity for a more moderate policy out of Tehran," AFP quoted the ex-policymakers as saying in a letter to Obama. The former officials said Rouhani's election "presents a major potential opportunity."


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