Obama calls Hassan Rouhani in first direct U.S.-Iran conversation since 1979

(JNS.org) U.S. President Barack Obama called Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday before the Iranian leader departed the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Although Obama and Rouhani did not meet in person, this was the first direct conversation between heads of the two governments since 1979. 

U.S. President Barack Obama. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Additionally, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met in person on Thursday, CNN reported. 

“I reiterated to President Rouhani what I said in New York: While there will surely be important obstacles to moving forward, and success is by no means guaranteed, I believe we can reach a comprehensive agreement,” Obama said about his call with Rouhani.

A White House official said that a “meaningful, transparent and verifiable” agreement with Iran would be preferable, but acknowledged that the Israeli government “has every right to be skeptical of the Iranian government, given... threats toward Israel’s existence,” the Jerusalem Post reported. 

Posted on September 27, 2013 .