Â TEHRAN (FNA)- Five former US secretaries of state advised the next presidential administration to conduct direct negotiations with Tehran.In a Thursday conference at the University of Georgia, former chief US diplomats Colin Powell, Henry Kissinger, James Baker III, Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright highlighted the importance of engaging in dialogue with Iran’s political leaders, a press tv report said.
They agreed that holding talks on a “common ground” such as the Iraqi crisis could help restore Washington-Tehran relations.
“A dysfunctional Iraq, a chaotic Iraq, is not something that’s in the interest to Iran. There’s every incentive on their part to help us, the same way they did in Afghanistan,” explained Baker, who served as secretary of state under the senior Bush.
They concluded that it may be time for Washington to abandon its “unilateral” doctrine.
“When policies don’t work for 50 years, it’s time to start thinking about something else,” maintained Christopher.