Monday, September 16, 2013

How letter diplomacy keeps Iran and US 'talking'

The way that US and Iranian leaders communicate, you might think that telephones, faxes, and emails have yet to be invented. Or even stamps.

Iran's seizure of the US embassy in Tehran in November 1979 caused the US to break off diplomatic relations. For the last 34 years, the two countries have been opponents. But, in recent years, the country's respective leaders have managed to send each other occasional letters delivered through intermediaries.

The tradition appears to have begun in 2006 when Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, wrote an 18-page letter to his US counterpart.

"Mr George Bush, President of the United States of America," Mr Ahmadinejad wrote.

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