September 02, 2006

Khatami and Carter

As a followup to Rusty's previous post, there are some 'behind the scenes' efforts to get former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami hooked up with former President Jimmy Carter.

From Radio Free Europe:

There has been talk that Khatami's U.S. visit could eventually lead to a meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, whose presidency was marred by the taking of U.S. hostages in Tehran following the Islamic revolution in 1979.

"The Washington Post" reported that Carter has agreed in principle to host Khatami. There has been no official reaction from Khatami, but the "Financial Times" quoted Iranian sources today as saying Khatami would be unlikely to accept such an invitation.

Even so, some people are hopeful. In particular, Professor Houshang Amirahmadi of Rutgers University and the Iranian-American Council believes Khatami's presence is positive and a meeting with Jimmy Carter could be a real icebreaker.
"Before traveling to the U.S., Mr. Khatami should discuss the issue with Iranian leaders, with Ayatollah [Ali] Khamenei, and tell them that after meeting with Mr. Carter he would invite [Carter] to visit Iran," Amirahmadi says.
So, if birds of a feather flock together, I'd guess that Khatami and Carter would make the perfect anti-American pair of flocking caucusers.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

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