passes the ball to Madeleine Albright. Madeleine takes it forward and passes
it back to Clinton. Clinton shoots the ball. Mohamad Khatami
catches the ball and starts moving sideways … Prodi, the referee watches
the handling of the ball closely and shows the green card to both clinton
and Khatemi .......
Following Clinton's statement, Khatami said that an appropriate response would be delivered by the Iranian government. On July 1, Mohammad Khatami said, "Washington must demonstrate its sincere desire for improved ties in deeds, not just in words." After meeting with the Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, Khatami told reporters "We have noted a change in the tone but we are always looking for sincerity in practice and not just in words."
It is suggested
that Prodi was also carrying a message from fellow NATO-member United States
to Iran. Prodi's visit to Iran was another step towards normalization of
Iran relation with EC and U.S. Italian Prime Minister is the first
EU leader to travel to Iran since the 1992 visit by the Greek Prime Minister
Constantine Mitsotakis. "Of course, I'm here only as the Italian prime
minister but I have talked with my colleagues and my counterparts in the
European Union and all of them are very well informed about the importance
of this trip,'' he said. Reducing the trade gap, largely through stepped
up exports, as well as enhanced Italian investments in major Iranian textile
and energy projects were some of the other topics high on Prodi's agenda.
soccer diplomacy was ongoing, in a seminar that was attended by petroleum
multinationals, Iran unveiled some 20 oil and gas projects worth $8 billion.
According to the Iranian officials, U.S. firms were also presented with
opportunities similar to other foreign companies at the three-day gathering.
This seminar follows last month U.S. decision to waive the threat of sanctions
over a $2 billion gas project in Iran led by France's Total (TOTF.PA).
Washington has promised more such waivers for European Union companies
doing business with Tehran so long as the EU cooperates with Washington
on its policy towards Iran.