Monday, April 6, 2009

Mousavi Calls for Détente

Mir Hossein Mousavi at today's news conference
Tehran . 6 April 2009 . IRNA Photo

Former Iranian premier Mir Hossein Mousavi told reporters in Tehran today that if he is elected president of Iran, he will avoid “extremism” which has caused harm to the country’s national interests.

“I will follow a policy of détente and will try to gain [international community’s] trust and end artificially pessimistic and extremist positions,” Mousavi said. [Aftab News, 6 April. Translation from Farsi]

“Our work to achieve our national interests need not involve extremism,” Mousavi added.

Mousavi was Iran’s war-time prime minister during the eight-year Iran-Iraq war. He is staging a serious challenge to Ahmadinejad and is now considered one of the leading candidates in the 12 June presidential elections.

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