Christians back from Iran urge diplomacy

Peace advocates visit Ahmadinejad
A delegation of 13 officials of American church-related and peace groups who recently traveled to Iran and met with that nation’s president for more than two hours have urged members of Congress to help defuse tensions over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

“Our governments have not spoken for 30 years,” said Jeff Carr, CEO of Sojourners/Call to Renewal. “We think that beginning dialogue and paving the way for mutual respect and peaceful relations is really something that needs to happen, and religious leaders could play a significant role in that.”

During the February 17-25 trip, the group met with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami, members of parliament and local religious leaders.


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