the American military’s eight-year war that ousted Saddam Hussein.
On Sunday, Hamid Aboutalebi, a key aide to President Hassan Rouhani, wrote in a series of messages on his Persian Twitter account that only Iran and the US were in a position to solve the Iraq crisis.
Rouhani has said he would welcome efforts by “all countries in combating terrorism”.
Aboutalebi conciliatory tone was noteworthy given that he was Rouhani’s choice to be Iran’s new United Nations ambassador, but was rejected by the US earlier this year because of his indirect role as a translator for the militants who seized the American Embassy in Tehran in 1979, setting off the break in Iranian-American ties that has shaped the relationship ever since.
In the US, the signs of American-Iranian cooperation on the Iraq crisis set off new rounds of recrimination over whether such a move was in Washington’s interest or a strategic mistake.
Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council, a group that has promoted diplomacy with Iran and a peaceful resolution to the nuclear dispute, welcomed such cooperation.
Vocal American critics of Iran’s government, on the other hand, castigated the Obama administration for even considering a collaboration with Iran, calling it a blunder that Iran would seek to exploit for its own ends in the nuclear talks.