Washington, DC- Earlier today, President Barack Obama talked with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani via telephone, the first presidential contact between the United States and Iran in over 3 decades. In response to this historic conversation, Win Without War Coalition Coordinator Stephen Miles issued the following statement:
“President Obama’s phone call with Iranian President Rouhani today is the perfect cap on a week that has demonstrated the power and possibility of vigorous diplomacy. The United States and Iran have tried the silent treatment for three decades and the results speak for themselves. President Obama has now honored his pledge to reach out his hands to meet the Iranian’s unclenched fist, yet this is only the start of a diplomatic process that must be given time to play out. Congress must give President Obama time to fully test this diplomatic opening and see if President Rouhani’s words can be matched with Iranian action.”
Earlier this week, representatives of the Win Without War coalition and like-minded organizations delivered over 110,000 signatures calling for President Obama to meet with President Rouhani. Over the past year, several hundred thousand activists have called for renewed diplomacy between Iran and the United States.