No Obama reception invite for Ahmadinejad
10-Sep-2009 (one comment)

WASHINGTON — Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should not expect an invite to a leaders reception President Barack Obama will host at the UN General Assembly, the White House said Thursday.

"I doubt it," said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, when asked whether Ahmadinejad would be invited, at a time of extreme tension between Iran and the west over its nuclear program.

The two leaders are both expected to be in New York for the United Nations General Assembly later this month, and Obama will be making his debut appearance at the diplomatic showpiece.

When asked to explain Ahmadinejad's absence, Gibbs answered: "Because Iran is failing to live up to its international obligations."

Obama said during his election campaign and in the early months of his presidency that he would be willing to meet leaders of US foes like Iran for talks.

He gave Iran a deadline of September to respond to his offer for dialogue, but Washington said Thursday that the latest package of proposals from Tehran for on its nuclear program fell short of US expectations.

The UN meeting and the subsequent G20 summit in Pittsburgh are being seen as a chance for world powers to discuss whether to move ahead with a tough new regime of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.

Ahmadinejad may not be alone being on the outside for Obama's big heads of state and government reception.

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Too bad!  I bet this would have been one party where IRI's Foreign Ministry wouldn't have demanded the "no alcohol" requirement!