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IRAN: POSITIVE EUROPEAN REACTION TO RAFSANJANI'S CANDIDACY (AAAAHHHHHH!!!!!)
adnkronos international ^ | April 28, 2005

Posted on 04/28/2005 8:05:32 AM PDT by nuconvert

IRAN: POSITIVE EUROPEAN REACTION TO RAFSANJANI'S CANDIDACY

Tehran, 27 April (AKI) - European diplomats have reacted enthusiastically to Iran's former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's decision to stand as a candidate in the country's presidential elections in June."For eight years, our relations with the Islamic Republic have been held hostage to institutions," commented one British diplomat. With the pragmatic Rafsanjani as president again, Europe will have the chance to make gradual, albeit slow steps towards a normal relations with Iran, the Financial Times quoted the diplomat as saying.

"Rafsanjani represents the only chance for the Bush administration to begin a dialogue with Tehran," said an American diplomat based in Europe, who has long experience of Iran. "Rather than representing the best, Rafsanjani represents the lesser of evils," the diplomatic continued. Last week Rafsanjani opened a campaign office in the United States - where there are more than two million wealthy and influential Iranian exiles.

A European diplomat said that the last period of 'constructive dialogue' between Iran and the European Union was during Rafsanjani's last presidency (from 1993-1997). "At that time, everything was clearer and easier," stressed the diplomat, who was involved in negotiations with Iran at that time.

Rafsanjani's decision to stand in the 17 June presidential elections, will effectively put-off many of the dozens of other candidates who have already announced their intention to run.

Rafsanjani currently heads Iran's powerful Expediency Council, a body that arbitrates disputes between the Iranian parliament and the hardline Guardian Council, which can block legislation. He is believed to be one of the most influential politicians in Iran, and is widely perceived as the only individual who can salvage Iran's national unity.

He was president of the country for two terms from 1989 to 1997. During his time in office, he was seen as a progressive force, although he has taken on a more conservative stance since the election of current president Mohammad Khatami.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran
"Last week Rafsanjani opened a campaign office in the United States - where there are more than two million wealthy and influential Iranian exiles."
1 posted on 04/28/2005 8:05:33 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

What's the date? Is it post 9/11 or not?

I think my head is going to explode.


2 posted on 04/28/2005 8:06:24 AM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR)
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To: nuconvert

SOB, SOB, SOB....

Are the Europeans really THIS addled? Yep. They sure are.

What a bunch of losers.


3 posted on 04/28/2005 8:09:07 AM PDT by RexBeach ("I can see it now. You and the moon. You wear a necktie so I'll know you." -Groucho Marx)
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To: nuconvert

And the EU feel they are on the defensive and just want to keep talking.

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1392794/posts

AAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!


4 posted on 04/28/2005 8:10:00 AM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR)
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To: nuconvert
"Rafsanjani represents the only chance for the Bush administration to begin a dialogue with Tehran," said an American diplomat based in Europe, who has long experience of Iran. "Rather than representing the best, Rafsanjani represents the lesser of evils," the diplomatic continued.

WOT?

The only chance for the ANY administration to begin a dialogue with Tehran is for the Iranians themselves to rise up in full-blown revolt against the Mullahs and their henchmen.

American diplomat...sheesh.

5 posted on 04/28/2005 8:19:59 AM PDT by Restore
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To: nuconvert
Such a moderate.

RAFSANJANI SAYS MUSLIMS SHOULD USE NUCLEAR WEAPON AGAINST ISRAEL

Iran's Missiles Can Now Hit Europe, Rafsanjani Says

6 posted on 04/28/2005 11:44:55 AM PDT by denydenydeny
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To: denydenydeny
Better link: RAFSANJANI SAYS MUSLIMS SHOULD USE NUCLEAR WEAPON AGAINST ISRAEL
7 posted on 04/28/2005 11:46:38 AM PDT by denydenydeny
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To: denydenydeny
One more time:

RAFSANJANI SAYS MUSLIMS SHOULD USE NUCLEAR WEAPON AGAINST ISRAEL

8 posted on 04/28/2005 11:48:08 AM PDT by denydenydeny
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To: Evolution; freedom44; F14 Pilot; DoctorZIn

Iran news ping!


9 posted on 04/28/2005 3:16:36 PM PDT by Wiz
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To: Wiz

EU loves to see Mullahs ruling Iran forever no matter what may happen to poor people of Iran


10 posted on 04/28/2005 3:17:42 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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