Washington DC â€“ July 19, 2013 â€“ News Release â€“ Council for a Livable World applauds the open letter to President Obama led by Representatives Charles Dent (R-PA) and David Price (D-NC) and signed by 131 of their colleagues urging renewed diplomacy with Iran following recent elections.
â€œThe election of President-elect Hassan Rouhani offers a new opportunity for the U.S. to pursue a negotiated solution to Iranâ€™s nuclear program,â€� said Laicie Heeley, director of Middle East and Defense Policy at Council for a Livable World. â€œThis letter is an unprecedented move by Congress to encourage the Administrationâ€™s diplomatic efforts and comes at a vital time in U.S.-Iranian relations.â€�
The letter received bipartisan support securing 17 Republican signatures, including Deputy Majority Whip, Rep. Thomas Cole (R-OK.)
Several pro-diplomacy groups have supported this letter, including Council for a Livable World. â€œAfter more than 2,500 advocacy messages from our members, we are pleased to see so many Members are urging renewed diplomacy with Iran,â€� said Guy Stevens, Director of Council for a Livable Worldâ€™s PeacePAC.
Council for a Livable World is a non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to increasing national security, particularly through reducing of the danger of nuclear weapons proliferation. The Council advocates for a strong and sensible national security policy and helps elect congressional candidates supporting those ideals.