Text of direct phone conversation between Iranian President Rouhani and U.S. President Obama
Obama, Rouhani phone call first communication between U.S. and Iranian leaders since 1979
WASHINTON, D.C. — The Associated Press
Published Friday, Sep. 27 2013,
U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by telephone Friday (27 Sep 2013), the first conversation between American and Iranian presidents in more than 30 years. The exchange could reflect a major step in resolving global concerns over Iran’s nuclear program.
Obama told reporters at the White House that he had a constructive conversation with the Iranian leader.
The White House revealed Wednesday that Obama has told Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in an exchange of letters that the United States is ready to resolve its nuclear dispute with Iran in a way that allows Tehran to show it is not trying to build weapons.
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on Sept. 24, 2013. In a CNN interview, Rouhani says the Nazis committed a “reprehensible” crime against the Jewish people.
“While there will surely be important obstacles to moving forward and success is by no means guaranteed, I believe we can reach a comprehensive solution,” he said.
Obama said he and Rouhani have directed their teams to work quickly to pursue an agreement. He said the U.S. will co-ordinate closely with its allies – including Israel, which considers an Iranian nuclear weapon capability to be an existential threat.
The fact that it had been so long since American and Iranian presidents had traded words reflected the “deep mistrust between our countries,” Obama said. But he added that it also indicated the opportunity for moving forward.
“I do believe there is a basis for a resolution,” he said.
The conversation came hours after Rouhani, wrapping up a trip to the U.S., called the United States a “great” nation, a sharp reversal from his predecessors that buoyed hopes that the two governments can stop the escalation of tensions.
“I want it to be the case that this trip will be a first step, and a beginning for better and constructive relations with countries of the world as well as a first step for a better relationship between the two great nations of Iran and the United States of America,” Rouhani told a news conference at a hotel near UN headquarters.
Rouhani has pledged to reduce nuclear tensions, and UN officials said they have seen encouraging signs from Tehran. Iranian and UN officials agreed to meet again Oct. 28 to continue talks on how to investigate suspicions that Iran worked secretly on trying to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran denies that it wants to build a weapon.
On behalf of the peace loving people of Pakistan, LUBP (Let Us Build Pakistan) team welcomes this highest level contact between Iran and U.S.A since 1979. We believe that close cooperation betewen Iran and U.S.A is important not only for the betterment of both nations but also to save the world from the growing menacne of Salafi-Wahhabi and Deobandi terrorism which is manifesting itself in the form of Al Qaeda and subsidiaries eg Taliban, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Al Shabah, Jamaat Islami, Al Nusra Front etc.
@BarackObama to @HassanRouhani: Thank you, Khodahafez.
@HassanRouhani to @BarackObama: I express my gratitude for your #hospitality and your phone call. Have a good day Mr President. 3/3
@HassanRouhani to @BarackObama: We’re hopeful about what we will see from P5+1 and your govt in particular in coming weeks and months..2/3
@HassanRouhani to @BarackObama: In regards to #nuclear issue, with political #will, there is a way to rapidly solve the matter..1/3
I wish you a safe and pleasant journey and apologize if you’re experiencing the [horrendous] traffic in #NYC 3/3
will greatly affect region. If we can make progress on #nuclear file, other issues such as #Syria will certainly be positively affected 2/3
@BarackObama to @HassanRouhani: I express my respect for you and ppl of #Iran. I’m convinced that relations between Iran and US.. 1/3
Obama, @HassanRouhani appoint Foreign Ministers to follow up cooperation ASAP.Retweeted by Hassan Rouhani
In phone convo, President #Rouhani and President @BarackObama expressed their mutual political #will to rapidly solve the #nuclear issue.
In a phone conversation b/w #Iranian & #US Presidents just now: @HassanRouhani: “Have a Nice Day!” @BarackObama: “Thank you. Khodahafez.”
The telephonic conversation is quite encouraging for the world community particularly for Pakistan, Afghanistan and Indian states. We wish the final agreement in letter and spirits be successfully signed.
Well, this must primarily be seen in the backdrop of Shanghai Corporation Organization and US defensive stance on Syria. China is already trading with Iran and the US must be vigilant the SCO is not strengthened to the extent to challenge US.
Anyway, it may also be inferred that Iran-US ties might be help to curb Wahabi menace. However, this clergy class is very shrewd and less pragmatic.
Atleast some cherishable stuff for the Globe. as for many decades our globe is facing the horror consequences because of tug of war between super powers. Now the things are going good and hopefully this will persist in coming months.
Best of luck for the whole Globe..!!
lets pray that this conversation brings peace in the world, but one thing is clear,we can see example of Libya, colnole qazafi ruled more then 30 years in enmity of america but could not sustain their friendship for 5 years, so Iran has to be concious on that part,they should continue watching their each step.
The apparent restraint of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday afternoon seems to have disappointed many Western observers. They charge Rouhani with failing to show much of the “heroic flexibility” that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, recently claimed would characterize Iran’s new diplomatic strategy toward the West. In truth, the West should not be so surprised. Iran’s diplomatic offensive of recent weeks is, in fact, a significant shift — just not in the way most Westerners have seemed to think.
“Heroic flexibility” has never been what most foreign commentators believe it is. It is neither a rhetorical feint to buy time for Iran’s nuclear program, nor is it a signal that Khamenei is desperate to strike a deal with the United States after years of punishing sanctions. Both interpretations have it wrong, and for the same reason — they fail to interpret Iran’s diplomatic offensive in the context of Khamenei’s grand strategy, which has been consistent from the time he assumed power. Khamenei does not want Iran to be at open conflict with the West, nor does he want it to be a supplicant to the United States. He is signaling that rapprochement is possible, but not at the price of abandoning Iran’s resistance to Western hegemony.
Khamenei has spoken of heroic flexibility several times since becoming Iran’s leader over twenty years ago, and in each instance he has emphasized that friendly dialogue is not the same thing as friendship. In a speech on August 7, 1996, before an audience of interior ministry officials and Iranian diplomats, he said, “the sphere of international politics is a field of heroic flexibility, which is sharp faced with the enemy. Therefore, our diplomats must be firm in their principal positions and take as their model His Holiness Imam Khomeini’s steadfastness and manliness.” In a speech delivered to members of the Guardian Council on September 5, 2013, he declared, “When a wrestler is wrestling with an opponent and in places shows flexibility for technical reasons, let him not forget who his opponent is.” Even enemies smile at each other while negotiating, he told Revolutionary Guards commanders on September 17.
Khamenei does not believe that the relationship between Washington and Tehran needs to be overtly hostile, in other words, but he does seem to think that Iran and the West are bound to remain ideological adversaries. Indeed, Khamenei has always contrasted “the Islamic-Iranian model of progress” with what he labels the West’s “tyrannical” model of development. The fundamental goal of the Islamic Republic, he says, has always been to “create a new Islamic civilization.” Khamenei has long envisioned an Iran that is independent, powerful, and technologically advanced, and which has a strong Islamic-Iranian identity.
He also believes that the West is inherently hostile to that vision. That explains, in part, why the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the West have been so contentious. Khamenei genuinely suspects that the United States and its allies want to hinder Iran’s independent scientific development. There are some things that Khamenei thinks an “Islamic civilization” simply cannot compromise on, including the pursuit of independent technological progress, the division of gender roles in social life, and a commitment to public piety as a means of national solidarity.
But within those parameters, pragmatic compromise is always a possibility. Indeed, Khamenei believes that adjusting to new circumstances is an obligation for Islamic civilization if it hopes to survive. One can see that in Khamenei’s approach to women’s rights in the context of Iran’s Islamic identity. He has long argued that it is the duty of all Muslim women to pursue economic and educational advancement — while keeping their commitment to Islamic identity. In a speech delivered on January 4, 2012, he said, “Women are half of society and it is very good that if we are able, we should use this half of society in [professional, economic, and political life.].” But he made sure to add, “We are in complete agreement with such employment and participation insofar as it does not harm the family institution, which comes first, since it is irreplaceable.”
Khamenei is now applying the same sort of conditional pragmatism to international politics. He thinks that Iran must continue to resist Western hegemony, and must maintain a commitment to its Islamic political system; but within those terms, he thinks that Iran and the United States should be able to achieve a mutually beneficial relationship.
In principle, this framework should be familiar to the United States. Khamenei is attempting to follow the road taken by independent nationalist leaders such as Julius Nyerere in Tanzania, Léopold Sédar Senghor in Senegal, Gamal Abdel Nasser in Egypt, and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Brazil. That said, Khamenei believes that the most promising precedent for rapprochement between Tehran and Washington is the relationship between China and the United States, in which the countries treat each other as equals and, for the most part, avoid interfering in each other’s domestic affairs. Khamenei wants to continue to be able to promote Islamic democracy as an alternative to liberal democracy — much as communist China’s ideological system has been tolerated by the United States.
The question now is whether Khamenei’s concept of heroic flexibility will be sufficient to the task of reducing hostility with the United States. There is some reason to think that it will be. Judging from the events of recent days, including the Iranian government’s release of a group of political prisoners and its hints of domestic liberalization, Khamenei is willing to make some compromises to achieve diplomatic progress. It remains to be seen, of course, how much flexibility he is willing to show when it comes to discussing the details of Iran’s nuclear program.
But the United States should certainly be prepared to consider compromises of its own, including curtailing the sanctions that even the Iranian opposition considers an aggressive affront to national sovereignty and pride. The United States may also have to belatedly recognize the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic, and cease its attempts to manufacture regime change.
But that does not mean that the United States should compromise the pillars of its own identity as a Western democracy. Khamenei himself professes that he wants Iran to be a religious democracy. The United States should hold Iran to that standard, by reminding Khamenei that it is in the interest of Iran and its people to continue to take steps to protect human rights and to liberalize its political system. Only such liberalization, after all, can provide for the stability of the government; and the United States should not be ashamed that such liberalization also happens to be consistent with American ideals.
Nevertheless, the establishment of amicable relations between Iran and the Untied States need not wait until they share the same values. The United States, after all, manages to maintain good relations with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates, countries that are even farther from democratic ideals than the Islamic Republic. Of course, the United States is free to hold its political and moral values to be above those of the Islamic Republic. But the only way to produce a productive relationship with Khamenei may be to accept that he will continue to act as if Iran’s Islamic model of development is superior to that of liberal democracy.
Well done,The President of America, Mr.Obama is originally be a good Muslim,he is a brave Muslim. We salute him. May God bless you dear Obama…!
Few days back you take a good DECISIONS, it is a very nice and a good deal also very a great deal, you are so Great.
Now a day’s, you have TAKEN Good idea’s for future of the World. Now a days, IT’S a lucky Day’s for your ally’s countries. It’s a good Time for good positive policy,& POLITICS in the your foreign policy’s.!
You are at a big risk of history, its turning point for U.States good history in these days.You may be very careful in these days, because of 34 years OF Iran sanctions,35 years OF Afghanistan WARS, 12 years Iraq problem,THE 60 GOLDEN years poor Pakistan economic case and 3 years of SYRIAN Crisis.
It’s going to an examination for you, your countries, your army, your big nation, & YOU’RE FOREIGN POLICY. Now a days American Foreign Policy are going very Well.The Economic crisis are going To be solves.The war conflicts will be going to their natural prose’s.
It’s a historical Time, we never mistakes again.There’s a GOD or not? Who Saw the World Activity, one of them is our good Activity in these day’s.The future of the world are be coming good.!( The 66 years of POUR ISRAELI adds ? be careful.! )
It’s the “End” of this “Panic”and Bad BATTLE or Terrorism in the World. Please let me know how can a world are became Terrorist quickly? We knows very well.It’s the world of knowledge that Anarchy’s were going Controlling the World of dirty Politics.It was the Freemasonry projects against Muslim World.The Zionist were succeed in their Objective method.They know’s very well, what they were doing.?
Yes ” We have fought you a thousand years. We will never give up and will fight you for another thousand years.” We know’s very well,Thats “THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE AND BY THE PEOPLE” ARE GOING well in the Future’s of good politics. The future of Americans will be going nice, well, and excellent.
Why the World of politics and Economics are not be going “Flaps”, and never be going “Collapse” in the near coming future.!?
It’s my own personal idea, Not Mr, Bush idea’s, witch were failed very fast, also very badly in the Last decades. It’s the End of dirty politics in the World. With in few months the World of Economics going very Well, and also good politics are coming soon in future of the Tired Worlds. The 2014 will be happy year for whole WORLDS. The Freedom of Quddus is Coming soon. Thanks.
We need “Friends” Not “Masters”, Muslim Master is “GOD”, Not Jewish, or Christians or others, they were failures in the past three decades,”Enough is Enough”.Three or Four hundred years apartheid, were gone with wind.
Well done, Brave Obama! First of all We salute you.May God bless you dear Obama…!
Few days back you take a good DECISIONS, it is a very nice and a good deal also very a great deal, you are so great.
Now a day’s, you have TAKEN Good idea’s for future of the World. Now a day, IT’S a lucky Day’s for your ally’s countries. It’s a good Time for good positive policy, & POLITICS in your foreign policy’s.!
You are at a big risk of history, its turning point for U.S. good history in these days. You may be very careful in these days, because of 34 years OF Iran sanctions,35 years OF Afghanistan WARS, 12 years Iraq problem, THE 60 GOLDEN years poor Pakistan economic case and 3 years of SYRIAN Crisis.
It’s going to an examination for you, your countries, your army, your big nation, & YOU’RE FOREIGN POLICY. Now a day American Foreign Policy is going very Well. The Economic crisis are going to be solves. The war conflicts will be going to their natural prose’s ends. We must be carefully in Future politics. And also uprising the World Economics,the Economic World War Crisis is going To there Ends, with in few years the world economically will be going very healthy. The happiness will coming soon in the worlds.
It’s a historical Time, we never mistakes again. There’s a GOD or not? Who Saw the World Activity, one of them is our good Activity in these days. The future of the world is being coming good. (The 66 years of POUR ISRAELI adds? be careful!)
It’s the “End” of this “Panic” and bad BATTLE or Terrorism in the World. Please let me know how can a world are became Terrorist quickly? We know very well. It’s the world of knowledge that Anarchy’s were going controlling the World of dirty Politics. It was the Freemasonry projects against Muslim World. The Zionist was succeeding in their Objective method. They know very well, what they were doing? The Time will come, when they don’t face the Worlds.
Yes” We have fought you a thousand years. We will never give up and will fight you for another thousand years.”
We knows very well, that’s “THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE AND BY THE PEOPLE” ARE GOING well in the Future’s of good politics. The future of Americans will be going nice, well, and excellent.
Why the World of politics and Economics are not being going “Flaps”, and never be going “Collapse” in the near coming future.
It’s my own personal idea, Not Mad Bush idea’s, witch were failed very fast, also very badly in the Last decades. It’s the End of dirty politics in the World. With in few months the World of Economics going very Well and also good politics are coming soon in future of the Tired Worlds. The 2014 will be happy year for whole WORLDS. The Freedom of Quddus is coming soon.The Palestinians will be succeeds. “Inshallah.” Thanks.