The political and diplomatic press spent much of the morning on Tuesday eagerly anticipating a breakthrough in the frosty relationship between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Many anticipated that the overtures made by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani could lead to a historic handshake between him and President Barack Obama. But by Tuesday afternoon, it was reported that the Obama administration’s offer of an “encounter” was rejected by Iranian officials.
“The White House had offered to have “an encounter” between the two leaders on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, but Iranian officials ultimately declined,” POLITICO reported
An unnamed administration official told POLITICO that, while the White House was cautiously optimistic about a meeting between the two leaders for days, “it was unclear that it was too complicated for them.”
[Photo via AP/ Rouhani.ir]
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