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President: Preconditions to facilitate talks with US

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 29, IRNA
Iran-Ahmadinejad-US
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here Tuesday said that the conditions for talks with the US should be provided to facilitate such negotiation.

Ahmadinejad made the remark in response to a question whether in addition to his readiness to debate the issue with his US
counterpart, he is willing to accept unconditional negotiations with the American officials.

Turning to the distinction between debate and negotiation, the president said there are other prerequisites to holding talks.

Stating that Iran is willing to hold dialogues and talks with the whole world, he said, "Of course, talks with a friendly country is quite distinct from negotiations with one frowning to the Iranian nation every day. In the later case, the conditions for talks are quite different."

Concerning the atmosphere of criticism in Iran, he said that the favorable atmosphere created by the government which is open to criticism has been unprecedented over the past 15 years.

Elsewhere in his talks, Ahmadinejad said that political parties are also free to express themselves.

Meanwhile, the president urged the government to support the press.

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