Iran tells Obama to understand the ‘new Middle East’ (Lead)

January 21st, 2009 - 2:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaTehran, Jan 21 (IANS) Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has said that new US President Barack Obama should try to understand the “new Middle East which was emerging”, Iran’s IRNA news agency reported Wednesday. Mottaki Tuesday said that the traditional ways of looking into Middle East issues would no longer work.

He added that the US administration needs to hire a new team of Middle East experts that would help the American president make logical decisions on topics relating to the Middle East.

The foreign minister said that Obama needs to admit that the policies adopted on different world issues particularly those relating to the Middle East by previous US governments, especially in the past eight years, were the real reason of the present global attitude of “harsh criticism of the US policies and statesmen”.

Commenting on the future of Iran-US ties, Mottaki said Iran would prefer to follow its long-standing policy of monitoring the performance and the practical policies of the US administration.

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