Iran's Ahmadinejad renews call for live debate with Obama 2009-07-05 22:24:41   Print

    TEHRAN, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad renewed his call for live debate with the U.S. President Barak Obama, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Sunday.

    Ahmadinejad wants to engage the U.S. President Barack Obama in "negotiations" before the international media, Fars said.

    "I will go to the United Nations and will invite Obama to negotiations ... in front of the international media, not a sit-down behind closed doors," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.

    He made the remarks addressing a meeting of medical school deans on Saturday.

    Earlier in June, Ahmadinejad said that he would invite the U.S. President Barack Obama to a debate at the United Nations if re-elected as Iran's president.

    "I want constructive interaction on justice and respect and if I remain in the post, I will invite President Obama to a debate in the venue of the United Nations General Assembly," Ahmadinejad said in an interview.

    In May, Iran's President invited President Obama for a debate in the United Nations for which Ahmadinejad has not received any gesture.

    Earlier, he had also invited U.S. ex-President George W. Bush to participate in a live debate with him in the United Nations over global diversified issues, but Bush did not give response to his invitation.

    The United States and other Western countries have reached a consensus on inviting Iran to direct talks over Iran's sensitive nuclear program.

    Iran, however, insisted that its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes, and the debates over this issue is already over. Iran has vowed to continue its uranium enrichment activities and its potential talks with the West would be on management of the world instead of its nuclear issue. 

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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