November 11, 2013 8:47 pm

Congress can be a positive force

From Mr Fariborz S Fatemi.

Sir, Regarding your report “Iran faces fresh sanctions threat” November 11): when it comes to the national security interests of the US, Congress can help by doing no harm and by being a positive force for breaking down the decades of mistrust between the US and Iran. This is what secretary of state John Kerry clearly understands and is trying to achieve. But today, unfortunately, there are some members who are unduly influenced by special pleadings with their own agenda.

These members have difficulty understanding that a peaceful resolution of the dispute with Iran is vital for the future stability of all the nations in the region. In more than several decades of bitter estrangement, there is no better opportunity than now for resolving all concerns. It is clear that President Barack Obama wants to move forward and from all indications, President Hassan Rouhani seems to be the real deal. A few naysayers on both sides must not be allowed to block this moment. History will judge both sides harshly if this real opportunity is squandered.

Fariborz S Fatemi, McLean, VA, US

Former Professional Staff Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee,

Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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