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Bush's response to Ahmadinejad's letter can open avenues for discussing differences: VP

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 15, IRNA
An intelligent, reasoned response by US President George W Bush to a letter sent to him by his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, can open avenues for discussing and resolving differences taking into account the need to enforce justice in the world, an official said here Sunday.

Vice-President for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Ahmad Moussavi was commenting on a letter sent by President Ahmadinejad to his US counterpart, George W Bush, on Monday which reached Washington via the Swiss embassy, which is in charge of US interests here.

Ahmadinejad, in his letter, suggested new ways of resolving the two countries' differences and also spoke of the current tense situation as well as the need to find solutions to the many problems of the world.

"If Bush gives a fair and reasoned reply to Ahmadinejad's letter, we will welcome it and regard it as a step in diplomacy and forging of understanding.

"We hope US politicians will heed the advice of intellectuals with a positive attitude towards the letter and give it a realistic and wise response, taking the long-term interests of states into consideration instead of being emotional and antagonistic about it," Moussavi said.

"A response which takes note of the particular points raised in Ahmadinejad's letter, particularly the claim of extremist policies being pursued by the United States, could pave the way for a reversal of the negative view and hatred with which Washington is currently held in the international arena," he added.

Moreover, the vice-president said that a refusal by the White House to respond to the letter within a reasonable period would lead "US politicians to conclude that the points raised in the letter were true and that the review of policies suggested therein deserved to be looked into."

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