Encouraging Iranian Moderates

Today, a star-studded cast of former leaders from Asia, Africa, and Europe met in Tehran at a conference sponsored by Mohammad Khatami, the former Iranian president. Khatami is expected to challenge Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his reelection bid next June, and the presence of Kofi Annan and others at the Conference on Religion in the Modern World is seen as their endorsement of the event’s sponsor in the presidential contest. Besides the former U.N. Secretary-General, attendees included a former Irish president, a former Italian prime minister, a former French prime minister, a former Portuguese president, a former Sri Lankan president, a former Sudanese prime minister, and a former UNESCO director general.

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Encouraging Iranian Moderates

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