Iran hopes Obama will change US policies
Iran's government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham was quoted as saying on Thursday that the US president-elect Barack Obama should strive to rebuild the international image of the United States and remove the world's lack of confidence in Washington.
Obama won the 2008 US presidential election, defeating John McCain, and will be sworn in in January 2009 as the first African-American to hold the nation's highest office. According to IRNA, Elham expressed hope that Obama would make fundamental changes in the US approach regarding international issues.
Elham also urged Obama to respect rights of nations and put an end to aggression of world countries.
He added that massive turnout of Americans in the election showed that policies of the US President George W Bush had created hatred both inside and outside the country. It also indicated that the American people were seriously determined to change the current situation, Elham said.
Imposing huge cost of wars on the Americans, which led to critical economic situation in the country, was the achievement of Bush administration for the nation, the spokesman added.