Barack Obama's victory brings an instant change in foreign relations. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the controversial president of Iran and a thorn in the side of Washington for decades, congratulates President-elect Barack Obama. The first time an Iranian leader has offered best wishes to a American president-elect since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
According to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency, the president praised Obama's victory as "important in future relations between the U.S. and Asia and the Middle East" and applauded the end of what it termed "Bush's defeated policies."
"I hope you will prefer real public interests and justice to the never-ending demands of a selfish minority and seize the opportunity to serve people so that you will be remembered with high esteem," Ahmadinejad told Obama in his statement, IRNA said.
During the primary season CNN and other networks somewhat ridiculously compared Obama's fashion aesthetic to that of the Iranian presidnet. For whatever reason, it's good to see Ahmadenijad wants a dialogue with our new president.
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