Referring to recent actions by Iran's leadership, Ambassador Crocker said, "I think it is very important in the new Iraq, that states have relations with the state of Iraq and with all of Iraq's people." He added that "...it is very important that Iran is a good friend and a good partner, and not the opposite."
Ambassador Crocker asserted that although the U.S. has significant differences with Iran's regime, he remains hopeful about the future of U.S.-Iranian relations. "I expect that under some circumstances Iran and the U.S. will come back to a relationship," he explained. "Historically we have had close ties, and I think we will again in the future."
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