Obama to engage in 'direct' diplomacy with Iran

Obama will engage in "tough and direct" diplomacy with Iran "without preconditions", the White House has said.

Obama to engage in 'direct' diplomacy with Iran
Barack Obama, the new US president, will engage in "tough and direct" diplomacy with Iran "without preconditions", the White House has said.

The Obama administration said in a website statement on Wednesday that it aimed to use "the power of American diplomacy" over what it called "Iran's illicit nuclear programme, support for terrorism, and threats towards Israel".

"Seeking this kind of comprehensive settlement with Iran is our best way to make progress," the statement said.

It added that should Iran abandon its nuclear programme the US would offer incentives such as membership in the World Trade Organisation (WTO), economic investment and moves towards normal diplomatic relations.

Iran said Wednesday it is "ready for new approaches" from President Barack Obama as, across the Islamic world, countries cautiously welcomed his promise of "mutual respect" between the U.S. and Muslims.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told, after Obama's inaugural address, the country's state-run English language network, Press TV, "We are ready for new approaches by the United States."

Mottaki said Washington must change Bush administration policies that he described as "based on warmongering, occupation, bullying and unfair relations."

"A new Middle East is in the making. The new generation in this region seeks justice and rejects domination," Mottaki said, according to the state news agency IRNA.


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Last Mod: 22 Ocak 2009, 15:48
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