Thursday, November 06, 2008

Iranian leader congratulates Obama

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, seen here in September 2008, has congratulated US president-elect Barack Obama on his success -- rare praise between the two countries which are archfoes(AFP/Getty Images/File/Jeff Zelevansky)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday congratulated President-elect Barack Obama, the first such gesture since the 1979 revolution of Ayatollah Khomeini.

Obama has stated during his campaign that he would be willing to negotiate with foes including Iran.

Israel, though, expressed concerned about a possible open dialogue between the two countries.

ABC News

Nixon and China redux: Only Obama can go to Iran, NY - 5 hours ago
But how likely is the Obama Administration to pursue closer ties with Iran? Obama's campaign rhetoric accepts the frame that Iran is intrinsically hostile, ...
Opening A Door In Tehran? Newsweek
Iran hesitant in its response to Obama's election The National
Talks Poised to Bring Iranian Rebirth Washington Post

Sydney Morning Herald
Iran president urges Obama to change US policies
Reuters - 1 hour ago
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad congratulated US President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday and called for "fundamental and fair" changes to US policies in the region, Iran's official IRNA news agency said.
Iranian leader welcomes Obama win BBC News
Ahmadinejad welcomes Obama change CNN International

Spiegel Online

Israel cautions against Obama dialogue with Iran
Reuters - 8 hours ago
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Thursday US President-elect Barack Obama's stated readiness to talk to Iran could be seen in the Middle East as a sign ...
Iran: Obama victory sign of Bush failure Xinhua
Israel's Livini blasts Obama's Iran plan
The world is ready to move forward but Israel is clinging to the past Daily Star - Lebanon

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