Ahmadinejad open to U.S. diplomatic outpost in Iran

TEHRAN, July 13 (MNA) – President Mahmud Ahmadinejad on Sunday welcomed a U.S. proposal to set up a diplomatic outpost in Iran.

Washington Post had earlier reported that The Bush administration is considering setting up a diplomatic outpost in Iran in what would mark a dramatic official U.S. return to the country nearly 30 years after the American embassy was overrun and the two nations severed relations.

 

Now, the U.S. has no diplomatic presence in Iran and relies on the Swiss Embassy in Tehran to pass messages to the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Washington’s behalf and handle the affairs of U.S. citizens in the country.

 

“We have not yet received any official request in this regard, but Iran had previously proposed starting direct flights between the two countries so that hundreds of thousands of passengers including students, academics, and business travelers can directly fly to the two states,” he added.

 

“The Islamic Republic of Iran sees no limit in establishing relations with world nations even with the United States,” Ahmadinejad told reporters after Sunday’s cabinet session.

 

Iran welcomes any offer of improving ties even from the White House leaders,” the president asserted.

 

BA/PA

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