Mennonite Weekly Review: MCC delegation meets Iranian president

EHRAN, Iran — In the first meeting of its kind since the 1979 Islamic revolution, a delegation of 13 American religious leaders, including representatives of Mennonite Central Committee, met with the Iranian president in Iran on Feb. 24.

The meeting took place at the presidential residence of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and included members of the president’s staff and the Iranian ministry of foreign affairs.

The meeting was part of a Feb. 17-25 peace delegation to Iran co-sponsored by MCC. The trip also included conferences with Iranian Muslim and Christian leaders, as well as with Iranian government officials. The delegation hoped to defuse tensions between Iran and the United States by encouraging more dialogue between the countries. . .