Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ahmadinejad still wants Obama to win

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By Farah Stockman, Globe Staff
Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor September 24, 2008 03:25 PM

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad weighed in on the US presidential election today, noting that only one of the candidates supports restoring diplomatic contact with Iran.

In response to a question from an American student about whether he supports Democratic nominee Barack Obama or Republican John McCain, Ahmadinejad did not explicitly name Obama but said: “The American government 28 years ago decided on its own to cut its ties with Iran . . .We do prefer to have relations, whereas one of the candidates in this election would prefer that.”

Ahmadinejad, who met with about 400 American students on the sidelines of United Nations meetings in New York, was quick to say that Iranians “don’t interfere with the domestic affairs of the United States.”

But he went on to offer a litany of advice for the next US president, which included ending US military interventions around the world.

“The second thing the next president of the United States must do is to fix ties with Iran,” he said, to applause from the students, who listened to him through an interpreter on headphones in a conference room of the Hyatt Hotel.

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