Texas governor aims to divest from Iran companies

July 19, 2007 02:03

The governor of Texas wants state pension funds to divest from companies doing business in Iran, a move advocated by Israeli officials he met with last month. Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, said Wednesday he was trying to determine whether he could begin the divestment process without legislation. If he cannot, he said, he might call a special legislative session. "This is a country that has a clear terrorist focus, has a clear mission to wipe a friendly democracy and a very close ally of the United States off of the face of the earth," Perry said, referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's calls for the elimination of Israel.

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