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Iran: Khatami answers bloggers’ questions

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On Sunday, Mohamad Khatami, the former reformist Iranian president, who is backing Mir Hussein Mousavi‘s candidacy in the Iranian presidential election, took part in an internet TV programme launched by reformists called Mowj4.

Khatami answered questions from the internet, including from bloggers, Facebook members and Twitter. He answered questions on different topics such as the election, foreign policy and the internet. Khatami also said he spends at least one hour a day reading blogs and websites. He also said that although he is not a blogger himself, he loves blogs.

This event was organized by bloggers and most of the questions were read by two Iranian bloggers, Hanif Manzori and Somayeh Tohidloo. Internet users used different tools such as Twitter, Facebook, Email and Yahoo! Messenger to submit their questions. We also can read reactions to Khatami's interview via FriendFeed.

On FriendFeed we can also see that Khatami says establishing a diplomatic relationship with the U.S. should not be a taboo, and that Iranian foreign approaches with Mousavi as president would be different and more rational than they are now. Khatami also stated that the march of the internet is unstoppable, and that it is the government's responsibility to provide appropriate service to population.

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