considers resuming direct flights to the United States
EarnestSeptember 30, 2013
Media TEHRAN—Iranian President Hassan Rohani has ordered aviation authorities to study
the possibility of resuming direct flights between Iran and the United
States for the first time in more than three decades.
Iranian news agencies on September 30 quoted presidential adviser Akbar
Torkan as saying Rohani wanted to study the option of resuming flights
in order to "alleviate problems" for Iranian expatriates who want to
Rohani has made some groundbreaking overtures to the West, including
delivering a conciliatory speech at the United Nations' General Assembly
last week and declaring his readiness for new negotiations with the
West over Iran's nuclear program.
On September 27, U.S. President Barack Obama held a phone conversation
with Rohani, the first direct conversation between the two countries'
leaders since Washington and Tehran broke diplomatic ties in 1979.Add