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France sets condition to recognize Ahmadinejad reelection

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner says Paris has one condition to recognize Mahmoud Ahmadinejad re-election as Iran’s president.

Speaking at a parliamentary session, Kouchner said France would recognize Ahmadinejad’s re-election only if his presidency meets the approval of every Iranian.

“If everybody in Iran acknowledges the election of a president, it would be unnecessary and futile to go alone in the opposite direction,” Kouchner said.

The French minister went on to call for the continuation of support for the opposition movement “with a future among the Iranian people”, and for a multiplication of “contacts with it.”

Following the remarks by Kouchner, the French ministry of Foreign Affairs made it clear that the minister was referring to “a possible recognition, which would only happen in the event of an agreement from everybody in Iran, particularly other candidates in the presidential election.”

The refusal of Western countries to acknowledge Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reelection as president comes as his rivals Mehdi Karroubi and Mir-Hossein Mousavi continue to reject the vote result as fraudulent and demand a re-run.

Following the defiance of the opposition figures, Iran turned into the scene of opposition rallies after the result of the June 12 poll handed President Ahmadinejad a second term in office with nearly two-thirds of the vote.

The post-vote unrest took a new turn when protesters gathered to hold a rally without an official permit from the country’s Interior Ministry.

The day turned bloody — increasing the post-vote deaths to 20 — when a number of protesters were killed by forces who according to Iranian officials were organized and controlled by foreign powers.

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