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Letter to the President. October 2013

Letter to the President. October 2013

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Published by The Iran Project
Letter to the President signed by 35 prominent foreign policy figures
Letter to the President signed by 35 prominent foreign policy figures

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Published by: The Iran Project on Oct 08, 2013
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 The President of the United States of America The White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500October 7, 2013Dear Mr. President, We applaud your decision to use diplomacy vigorously in an effort to reachagreements with Iran, particularly given President Hassan Rouhani's apparentopenness to greater transparency and internationally-accepted and verifiablelimits on Iran's nuclear program. The hard work of diplomacy begins now.Decades of distrust and lack of contact between the two countries willcomplicate the task of reaching agreements that will provide us the assurance we require that Iran's nuclear program will be used only for peaceful purposes. You will undoubtedly face opposition to your decision to engage Iran. Wesupport this new policy and pledge to help our fellow Americans appreciate theambitious and transformative course you have chosen to build a more peacefuland more cooperative environment in the Middle East. The diplomatic option is the right one at this time in view of the initiativestaken by the Iranian government that were made possible in part by your pastpolicies. We wish you well in this constructive and important new undertaking.Respectfully,
Morton Abramowitz
, former Ambassador to Thailand and Turkey 
John Beyrle
, former Ambassador to Russia and Bulgaria
Hamid Biglari
, formerly Vice Chairman of CitiGroup
Avis Bohlen
, former Ambassador to Bulgaria and former Assistant Secretary for Arms Control
Stephen Cheney
, Brigadier General of the Unites States Marine Corps (RET)and Chief Executive Officer of the American Security Project
Ryan Crocker
, former Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan
Suzanne DiMaggio
, Asia Society 
Nancy Ely-Raphel
, former Ambassador to Slovenia
Leslie H.Gelb
, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations
Lee H. Hamilton
, former member of the United States House of Representatives
William Harrop
, former Ambassador to Israel and State DepartmentInspector General
Stephen Heintz
, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Christopher Hill
, former Ambassador to Iraq, Macedonia, Poland and Korea
Carla Hills
, former U.S. Trade Representative and United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Daniel Kurtzer
, former Ambassador to Israel and Egypt
John Limbert
, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran and former Ambassador to Mauritania
William H. Luers
, former Ambassador to Venezuela and Czechoslovakia
Jessica T. Mathews
, President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Richard McCormack
, former Ambassador to the Organization of AmericanStates and Under Secretary of State for Economic and Agricultural Affairs
William G. Miller
, former Ambassador to Ukraine
Richard Murphy
, former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, Syria, thePhilippines
Gregory Newbold
, Lieutenant General United States Marine Corps (RET)
Ronald Neumann
, former Ambassador Afghanistan, Algeria and Bahrain

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