Iran Welcomes Obama Overture
By VOA News
20 March 2009
Iran is welcoming the appeal by U.S. President Barack Obama for better relations between the two countries, but says words alone are not enough.
An aide to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the United States must back up its words with the appropriate actions.
He says the U.S. must try to repair the damage done by its past mistakes. He also says America needs to make fundamental changes in its approach to relations with Tehran.
Meanwhile, the European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said the broadcast appeal could help open "a new chapter" for relations with Tehran.
Russia has also welcomed Mr. Obama's overture to Iran.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov expressed hope that the Obama video will lead to more normalized relations between Iran and the West.
He also said Russia sees no indication that Iran is using its nuclear program for military purposes.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP.
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