Iran's Ahmadinejad still wants debate with Bush

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that he still wanted a debate with his US counterpart George W Bush over world developments.

Iran's Ahmadinejad still wants debate with Bush
The proposal first made in September "is still on the table and I think that such a debate and discussions over world developments would be useful for solving the roots of world problems," Ahmadinejad told reporters in a press conference in Tehran.

He indicated that such a debate could also be a pretext for resuming official talks with the US after almost three decades of political estrangement.

"We have had, upon the request of Iraq, talks with the US on Iraq and these talks are supposed to be continued," he said, referring to the ambassadorial-level talks set to take place in January in Baghdad.

"But there are still some unresolved issues between the two states which should be settled first for preparing the necessary grounds (for official talks)," the Iranian president said.

The proposal for the debate was rejected and Washington said it would only engage in direct talks if Tehran suspended its uranium enrichment programme.

The two countries have had no formal diplomatic relations since US embassy staff in Tehran were taken hostage for 444 days in 1979-81.

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Aralık 2007, 15:54
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