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Iranian President Writes To German Chancellor

President Mahmud Ahmadinejad (file photo) (Fars) July 20, 2006 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has sent a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Iran's official news agency IRNA reports.

The contents of the letter, which was handed to the German Embassy in Tehran on July 19, have not been disclosed.

In May, Ahmadinejad sent a letter to U.S. President George W. Bush, urging him to return to religious principles.

Ahmadinejad's Letter To Bush

Ahmadinejad's Letter To Bush


PRESIDENT TO PRESIDENT: On May 8, the Iranian government announced that President Mahmud Ahmadinejad had sent a letter to U.S. President George W. Bush. The letter was the first direct communication between leaders of the two countries since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. RFE/RL has posted the English version of Ahmadinejad's letter that was posted on the Iranian president's website.
"The people will scrutinize our presidencies," AHMADINEJAD wrote. "Did we manage to bring peace, security, and prosperity to our people or insecurity and unemployment? Did we intend to establish justice, or just support special-interest groups and -- by forcing many people to live in poverty and hardship -- make a few people rich and powerful, -- thus trading the approval of the people and the Almighty for [that of those few]? Did we bring the world peace and security or did we raise the specter of intimidation and threats?"...(more)


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