Iran congratulates Obama on re-election

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 08, 2012 10:11 hrs

Iran, among other countries, immediately congratulated U.S. President Barack Obama for winning the 2012 White House race.

A less joyous message was delivered by one of Iran's leaders who held out the possibility of negotiations with the U.S. over its nuclear program.

According to ABC News, Javad Larijani, an influential member of the Iranian regime, told the state-run media that talks with the U.S. are 'not taboo.'

Such talks have been rumored for weeks, but officials from both sides have refused to deny a meeting has been scheduled.

According to the report, congratulatory messages began to roll in from world leaders after Obama was reelected on Wednesday.

China's foreign ministry said that the country's leader Hu Jintao congratulated the Democrat, noting 'positive progress' Sino-US relations the past four years.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also congratulated Obama in a letter released by her office.

"I have deeply appreciated our many meetings and conversations about all the issues involved in developing the German-American and the transatlantic relationship, not least in overcoming the global financial and economic crisis," she wrote.

British Prime Minister David Cameron sent his congratulations to Obama, calling him a 'very successful US president'

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard also offered congratulations Obama on behalf of the government and people of her country.

"On behalf of the government and people of Australia, I offer warm congratulations to President Barack Obama on his re-election and wish him every success for his second term in office," she said in a statement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had also send Obama a telegram congratulating him on victory in presidential elections.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow will continue working with Obama and was ready to 'go as far as the US administration is willing to go'. (ANI)

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