The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi shaking hand with the with the US President, Mr. Barack Obama, after press statement, at the White House, in Washington DC on September 30, 2014. (PIB Photo)

US Relents, President Writes First Letter to Iran’s Head After 1979 Hostage Crisis

US President Barack Obama has written to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressing a “shared interest” in fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Iraq and Syria.

The letter was reportedly sent in the middle of October, in which President Obama tied potential cooperation on fighting ISIS militants and aim at a comprehensive deal over Iran’s controversial nuclear programme, Xinhua reported quoting a Wall Stree Journal report.

In his letter sent by diplomatic bag, President Obama stressed that “any cooperation on Islamic State was largely contingent on Iran reaching a comprehensive agreement with global powers on the future of Tehran’s nuclear programme by Nov 24 diplomatic deadline”, the report added.

Foreign ministers of the US, the European Union and Iran are scheduled to meet in Muscat, Oman’s capital, on Nov 9 and 10, as Tehran and the P5+1 group consisting of Britain, China, France, Russia, the US and Germany are set to resume talks on Nov. 18 in the Austrian capital of Vienna to push for a final deal by the cut-off date.

While the letter signifies US willingness to hold talks with erstwhile ‘enemy’ state Iran, it is also perpetuated in view of Iran’s new negotiations with Russia, which is extending nuclear cooperation and technology to Iran.

Coupled with it, both US and Iran are facing the same enemy in ISIS militants and unless they combine their resources, it would become another expensive long-drawn military expedition for Washington in the region.

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