Iranian Lobbyists Gain Access To Obama

  • Middle East Newsline
  • March 19, 2009
WASHINGTON [MENL] -- Iranian lobbyists have gained access to the new
administration of President Barak Obama, a report said.
The Center for Security Policy said veteran Iranian lobbyists, several
of them former government officials, have been granted access to the Obama
administration. In a report authored by Clare Lopez, the center said
pro-Iranian and Saudi-financed lobbyists have been coordinating to gain
unprecedented influence of the U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.
"A complex network of individuals and organizations with ties to the
clerical regime in Teheran is pressing forward in seeming synchrony to
influence the new U.S. administration's policy towards the Islamic republic
of Iran," the report, titled "Rise of the Iran Lobby," said. "Spearheaded by
a de facto partnership between the National Iranian-American Council, the
Council on American Islamic Relations and other organizations serving as
mouthpieces for the mullahs' party line, the network includes well-known
American diplomats, congressional representatives, figures from academia and
the think tank world."
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