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US inviting Iranian diplomats to July 4 parties

Posted by alanmirs on June 2, 2009

US inviting Iranian diplomats to July 4 parties

By MATTHEW LEE – 2 hours ago

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — In a new overture to Iran, the Obama
administration has authorized U.S. embassies around the world to invite
Iranian officials to Independence Day parties they host on or around
July 4th.

A State Department cable sent to all U.S. embassies and
consulates late last week said that U.S. diplomats could ask their
Iranian counterparts to attend the festivities, which generally feature
speeches about American values, fireworks, and, of course, hot dogs and

The notice, sent on Friday, said that the posts “may
invite representatives from the government of Iran” to the events, a
State Department official said Tuesday, quoting from the document. The
official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an internal


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