TEHRAN (FNA)- The world countries have welcomed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s congratulatory message to US President-elect Barack Obama, Iranian Foreign Ministry said.
Ahmadinejad’s move to write to Obama indicated the high capability of Iran’s diplomacy. It had the greatest repercussion in the US,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi told students at Tehran University on Tuesday.
In an unprecedented move, the Iranian president wrote to Barack Obama and congratulated him on his victory in the 2008 US presidential election, becoming the first Iranian president to make such a move since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
“The letter conveyed the message (to Obama) that if you seek real change, we are ready to help you make such change. Obama replied that he would study the letter and give response to it,” Qashqavi said, press tv reported.
Ahmadinejad’s letter has caused controversy in Iran where many consider the United States to be the country’s long-time foe, and Iranian parliamentarians have launched an investigation into the matter.
“Obviously the Parliament is very concerned about the president’s letter to Obama and will examine the issue within the coming days,” said Hamid-Reza Haji-Babaei , a member of the Parliament Presiding Board.
Qashqavi said that Iranian diplomacy is influential in regional and international developments, adding, “It is said that Iran is the biggest challenge facing the United States and its election. This contradicts certain claims made about the isolation of Iran’s foreign policy.”