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Ahmadinejad's letter, new doctrine in int'l relations: Elham

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 15, IRNA
Iran-Elham-Letter
Government Spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham said here Monday that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's letter to the US President George W Bush would create a new literature in political and international relations and is regarded as a new doctrine.

Speaking to domestic and foreign reporters at his weekly press conference, Elham expounded on a letter sent by President Ahmadinejad to his US counterpart, George W Bush, last 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.

"We are in a open, free and active politically-minded society. It is an advantage for Iran. Political events are criticized and points of strength are confirmed," Elham said.

"Both critics and certain political figures should accept this real development and need as a change in culture and literature in international interaction.

"The president's letter is quite defensible. We have always looked at political issues far from cultural and religious values while international affairs should be mixed up with religion, morality, culture and literature," he added.

The spokesman stated, "Door of dialogue with the world is open. The world welcomes such an issue.

"The president has earlier announced he will write such a letter and he wrote it in an appropriate time with the issue being confirmed by several observers and critics."
He said minor issues were not supposed to be raised at the letter, adding, "The letter focused on macro and fundamental topics which will open new chapter for ties."
Asked when the president will write his second letter, Elham said, "Whenever the letter is written, we will announce it."
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