USA*ENGAGE Encouraged by U.S. Overtures to Iran

Thursday, 18 June 1998

"The United States appears to have a genuine opportunity to begin bridging the differences that divide our two nations. While there are serious and longstanding concerns that must be addressed, we are greatly encouraged that progress towards normalized relations can now begin," said Frank Kittredge, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Vice Chairman of USA*ENGAGE.

"As the U.S. begins to engage Iran, it is vital that Congress seriously consider the harmful, ongoing effects of ILSA. Not only has the law strained U.S. relations with many of its allies and trading partners, but ILSA has effectively ceded access to one of the world's most plentiful energy supply sources to our foreign competitors," he continued. "There is too much at stake for us to continue living with ILSA's counterproductive sanctions."

Kittredge also noted that the United States would be engaging Iran on the World Cup soccer field on Saturday. "Any form of positive engagement is welcome. While I predict victory for the U.S. team, we are looking for even more significant results from our diplomats," he concluded.

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of 674 small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad.


Contact: Eric Thomas 202/822-9491

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