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  • Farhad Abdolian
    http://news.ft.com/cms/s/db39ec0c-f02f-11da-b80e-0000779e2340.html Bush and Blair meet Iranian opposition By Guy Dinmore in Washington Published: May 31 2006
    Message 1 of 2 , May 31, 2006
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      Bush and Blair meet Iranian opposition

      By Guy Dinmore in Washington
      Published: May 31 2006 00:03 | Last updated: May 31 2006 00:03

      US President George W. Bush and Tony Blair, the UK prime minister, have received separate background briefings from Iranian opposition activists, including one visitor to the White House on Tuesday who caused a storm earlier this month by reporting Iran had passed a law requiring Jews to wear special identification.

      Contacts at such a high level with Iranian opposition activists are likely to raise concerns in Tehran while the US and UK lead diplomatic efforts to get Iran to abandon its nuclear fuel programme.
      White House officials said Amir Taheri, a London-based former editor, was among a group of experts invited to discuss Iraq and the region with Mr Bush.
      Mr Taheri is well known for his support of the war in Iraq and regime change in Iran.
      Iranian officials have denied reports, which originated from a commentary written by Mr Taheri, that a new law passed by the Iranian parliament would require non-Muslims to wear special badges.
      Mr Taheri says he stands by his report.
      In London, a UK spokeswoman confirmed that Mr Blair had met Iranian opposition activists for a “background briefing”.
      She declined to say who had given the briefing, which she said was not a policy discussion.

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    • Carol Moore in DC
      Even though the paper that published Mr. Taheri s FAKE story apologized for it, Bush meets with Taheri!
      Message 2 of 2 , Jun 2, 2006
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        Even though the paper that published Mr. Taheri's FAKE story apologized
        for it, Bush meets with Taheri!

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        Bush and Blair meet Iranian opposition
        By Guy Dinmore in Washington
        Published: May 31 2006 00:03 | Last updated: May 31 2006 00:03
        US President George W. Bush and Tony Blair, the UK prime minister, have
        received separate background briefings from Iranian opposition
        activists, including one visitor to the White House on Tuesday who
        caused a storm earlier this month by reporting Iran had passed a law
        requiring Jews to wear special identification.


        Contacts at such a high level with Iranian opposition activists are
        likely to raise concerns in Tehran while the US and UK lead diplomatic
        efforts to get Iran to abandon its nuclear fuel programme.

        White House officials said Amir Taheri, a London-based former editor,
        was among a group of experts invited to discuss Iraq and the region with
        Mr Bush.

        Mr Taheri is well known for his support of the war in Iraq and regime
        change in Iran.

        Iranian officials have denied reports, which originated from a
        commentary written by Mr Taheri, that a new law passed by the Iranian
        parliament would require non-Muslims to wear special badges.

        Mr Taheri says he stands by his report.

        In London, a UK spokeswoman confirmed that Mr Blair had met Iranian
        opposition activists for a “background briefing”.

        She declined to say who had given the briefing, which she said was not a
        policy discussion.

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