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Khatami slams Ahmadinejad foreign policy
Monday Morning (Lebanon) ^ | 9/22/2008

Posted on 09/22/2008 6:07:49 PM PDT by markomalley

“Aggressive and sharp slogans play into the enemy’s hands to hurt the country and the system”, Kargozaran newspaper quoted the reformist Khatami as saying in a speech.

“Fighting ‘global arrogance’ [the United States] should not mean increasing the costs of governing the country”. Khatami was alluding to the defiant position taken by his successor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the standoff with the West over Iran’s nuclear program, which has prompted three sets of UN sanctions.

Since taking office in 2005, Ahmadinejad has also drawn international condemnation for his vitriolic verbal attacks on Israel, which he said was doomed to disappear. Khatami also hit out at his successor’s Administration for “presenting wrong statistics” about its economic achievements over the past three years.

There has been speculation that Khatami, who was president from 1997 to 2005, may seek a third term in office in 2009.

Ahmadinejad, who put social justice on top his agenda when he campaigned for president, has come under fire from reformists and conservatives alike for his expansionist economic policies amid rising inflation. Recently, former national security chief Hassan Rouhani accused Ahmadinejad of missing “golden opportunities” for growth offered by the high oil prices of the past year. “Careless comments and slogans have inflicted enormous costs on the country and the people”, said Rouhani, who was Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator under Khatami’s presidency.

He said “import costs have risen by 20 to 30 percent” as Iran’s banking system has been hit by foreign sanctions. He called on the government to pursue a “policy of detente” with the international community.

A moderate conservative who is close to another former president, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Rouhani too has been talked about as a possible contender in the 2009 election.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: iran; islam; khatami; mohammedanism; socialjustice
Problems at home???
1 posted on 09/22/2008 6:07:49 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
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2 posted on 09/22/2008 6:11:11 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Iran should have ceased to exist 11/5/79, but we had no president then.)
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To: ASA Vet

The only way Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will leave office is to be carried out by his boots and and looking like Swiss cheese...He is a dictator and will not give up his seat to a western style ‘election’..If Khatami and Rafsanjani cannot see that by now then they must be 2 of the 3 Iranian blind mice= Achminanutjob is the 3rd......

He is a wacko and it’s time the Iranians stopped trying to get him to listen to reason...Take him out already

3 posted on 09/22/2008 6:24:20 PM PDT by billmor (Friday:Red Shirt Day- silent no more..,McCain and Palin-the right team for '08)
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