Western States Refuse To Congratulate Ahmadinejad On Presidency
Leaders of several European countries as well as US President Barack Obama have refused to send newly re-elected Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad any congratulatory messages. The Iranian official reportedly got over two-thirds of the popular vote in a highly controversial election in June, but the country's opposition still firmly stands by the claim that the election was rigged. So far at least the leaders of France, Germany and Great Britain have said that they will not be sending any messages to Iran.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to be sworn into office in Teheran on Wednesday.
"I don't have any reason to believe we will send any letter [to congratulate the Iranian president]," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters.