A small group of US congressmen attended an informal dinner in Washington on October 17 with a top Iranian diplomat in an attempt to promote cooperation and speed the normalization of relations between the United States and Iran.
A source with knowledge of the meeting characterized the discussion as "a very useful exploration of areas of common interest." Nejad Hosseinian, Iran's UN Representative, voiced "an expression of regret" on behalf of the Iranian people for the human suffering connected with the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States. Meanwhile, the bipartisan congressional group, led by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Rep. Robert Ney (R-Ohio), recognized recent Iranian moves designed to promote goodwill.
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Justin Burke is the editor of EurasiaNet.