Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the recent offer by President Gul of Turkey to serve as a mediator in the conflict between the United States and Iran. “There is no need for mediation,” claimed the Iranian president, “our stance is clear; if there is justice and respect not issue would remain in the world.” President Gul has visited with Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to discuss his plans for serving as a mediator in the conflict between the US and Iran. An Iranian news agency claims Khamenei that “in cases of Afghanistan and Iraq, the American government made a big mistake and the stance o the current American issue of Gaza is one of America’s other big mistakes.”
Khamenei at this point sees no significant difference between Obama policies and those of George Bush in dealing with issues such as Afghanistan or the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Gul just met with the leaders of Iran and is trying to persuade them to engage more openly with the United States in order to resolve regional issues. Gul is trying to convince Iranian leaders a change in policy is taking place in the United States. Can he convince them is the question.