WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States said Monday its invitations were still standing for Iranian diplomats to attend July 4 celebrations at US embassies despite the crackdown on opposition supporters.
President Barack Obama's administration said earlier this month it would invite Iran to US embassy barbecues for the national holiday for the first time since the two nations severed relations following the 1979 Islamic revolution.
"There's no thought to rescinding the invitations to Iranian diplomats," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters.
"We have made a strategic decision to engage on a number of fronts with Iran," Kelly said. "We tried many years of isolation, and we're pursuing a different path now."
US Will Continue "Hot Dog Diplomacy" With Iran (Real Clear Politics)
Unreal: Obama Says Regardless of Bloody Crackdown, Iranian Diplomats are Still Invited to Attend 4th of July Parties at US Embassies.... (Weasel Zippers)
State Dep’t: Iranian diplomats still welcome to celebrate July 4th with U.S. (Hot Air)
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Why should we let a little thing like beating and killing (link to graphic content) your own people stop us from having a good time. Put down your guns and nightsticks and pick up a cold beer and a hot dog with us this July 4th. After all, who are we to lecture other countries about voter rights and suppression.