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Iranian University Invites Bush to Speak, Bush Declines

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Robin Wright of the Washington Post reports:

 After the controversial appearance of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Columbia University last week, an Iranian university yesterday invited President Bush to travel to Iran and speak on campus about a range of issues, including the Holocaust, terrorism, human rights and U.S. foreign policy, the Fars News Agency reported yesterday.

The invitation from Ferdowsi University in the northeastern city of Mashhad asked Bush to answer questions from students and professors “just the same way” that Ahmadinejad took questions “despite all the insults directed at him.”

The White House said yesterday that Bush would be willing to travel to Iran, but under different circumstances.

“President Bush looks forward to traveling to a democratic Iran, an Iran where its leaders allow freedom of speech and assembly for all of its people and an Iran where the leaders mourn the victims of the Holocaust, not call for the destruction of Israel,” National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.

Irancove @ October 3, 2007

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