Amidst the economic crisis and debates whether the new government stimulus package would work or not, I think the most joyous news comes to us from a place we would least expect it – the Middle East.
Namely, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad noted in his most recent speech, which commemorated the 30-year anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Iran, that the negotiations with the United States are possible. Furthermore, Mr. Ahmadinejad refrained from using derogatory words to describe the United States, which was not the case in the past.
This is truly a paradigm shift in the relations between the two countries, who have repeatedly refused to talk with each other on the issue of Iran's nuclear development. In addition, the willingness for cooperation comes as a breath of fresh air after several U.N. Security Council resolutions from 2006 to 2008 tried to impose economic sanctions on Iran in order to pressure it to the negotiation table.
I firmly hope that the trend of good faith that the United States and Iran have shown will continue, and that both sides will find ways to settle their differences. Though current steps may be small, they are essential prerequisites for making the Middle East a safer and more stable place.
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